Moffitt Cancer Center Unveils Morsani Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory and Morsani Patient and Family Center

June 04, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. Moffitt Cancer Center has named its Precision Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory and new Patient and Family Center after philanthropists Carol and Frank Morsani. The Morsani family has been longtime supporters of Tampa’s health care community, including contributions to Moffitt. Carol has served on the Moffitt Foundation Board for 15 years and is the founder of the Moffitt Merit Society, a philanthropic group that provides grant support to our physicians and researchers.

“The Morsanis were the first couple to tour our Vincent A. Stabile Research Building during its construction, so it is fitting that they are also a part of Moffitt’s newest building – the McKinley Outpatient Facility,” said Alan F. List, M.D., president and CEO of Moffitt. “We appreciate their continued support and dedication to help Moffitt contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.”

The Morsani Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory is revolutionizing cancer diagnostics by using the most advanced genetic testing tools available to reduce errors and improve patient care. Studies show as many as 30 percent of initial cancer diagnoses are revised to indicate a different type of cancer. This lab, under the direction of Executive Director Anthony M. Magliocco, M.D., seeks to reduce that number. Magliocco’s lab is developing clinical biomarkers that can help to identify the right drug for a particular patient or determine if a specific clinical trial is a good match for a patient with a certain tumor gene mutation.

The Morsani Patient and Family Center will be the heart of the new McKinley Outpatient Facility scheduled to open next summer. The 200,000-square-foot outpatient facility includes several clinics, an ambulatory surgery center, infusion and imaging facilities, and research labs. The Morsani Patient and Family Center will be the central source of information and support for those visiting the new McKinley facility. The center will host welcome events and orientations, as well as house a patient library and Arts In Medicine activities. Our Arts In Medicine Program is designed to promote well-being and healing for cancer patients, family members, caregivers and our staff through the creative arts.

“Needless to say, we are very appreciative of this recognition. Our philosophy of philanthropy is an effort to motive and encourage others to participate in the betterment of our community,” Carol Morsani said. “Few have not been touched by this menacing disease. Moffitt is truly a leader in research and care, and it is with great pride that we can aid in their mission.”

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 1 cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,200 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $2 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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