U.S News & World Report Ranks Moffitt Cancer Center No. 19 on America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer List

July 15, 2010

TAMPA, Fla. Moffitt Cancer Centerhas once again made U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer. This year, Moffitt is ranked No. 19.

Moffitt has been chosen for the newsmagazine’s Best Hospitals rankings for the 12th consecutive year. The full list is available at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and will hit newsstands July 27.

“Moffitt’s consistently strong rankings from U.S. News & World Report underscore our world-renowned expertise, groundbreaking research and unparalleled multidisciplinary approach to cancer care,” said William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D., CEO and center director of Moffitt. “Our efforts are continually focused on achieving our mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.”

Moffitt is at the forefront of personalized medicine with its commitment to Total Cancer Care, a comprehensive approach to cancer care enabling researchers and the treatment team to identify and meet all the needs of a patient and her or his family during the patient’s lifetime and for future generations. Moffitt patients have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research to utilize emerging biomarker technology to enhance their care.

Moffitt has the largest Blood and Marrow Transplant Program in the Southeast. All breast and gynecologic cancers are treated under one roof at The Center For Women’s Oncology. Moffitt is committed to patient- and family-centered care through its Patient and Family Advisory Program. The cancer center has treated residents from every state in the United States, as well as worldwide.

Moffitt has been recognized as a top workplace by organizations such as Computerworld, The Scientist, Working Mother and Florida Trend. Moffitt is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida.

The rankings were driven by hard data such as death rates, procedure volume, and balance of nurses and patients. To be considered, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria: It had to be a teaching hospital, or be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least 200 beds, or have 100 or more beds and the availability of four or more types of medical technology considered important in a high-quality medical facility, such as a PET/CT scanner and certain precision radiation therapies. 

Next, the hospitals had to meet a volume requirement, individually calculated for each specialty. The required volume was the number of Medicare inpatients from 2006 to 2008 who had various specified procedures and conditions in the specialty. A hospital that fell short could still qualify if it had been nominated by at least one physician in any of the U.S. News Best Hospitals reputational surveys conducted in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 14 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.