TAMPA, Fla. – Moffitt Cancer Center has unveiled plans for an $800 million expansion project over the next decade. The ambitious plan includes two new research buildings, a new clinical support building, a new hospital wing and additional outpatient facilities.
Moffitt leaders plan to raise $500 million and hope to finance the rest of the expansion with a bond supported by state cigarette taxes.
“The plan to create new research buildings and a new clinical support building allows our researchers to build on the tremendous success they’ve had with developing new treatments,” said Alan F. List, M.D., Moffitt’s president and CEO. “Providing more ways in which we treat our patients will allow us an even better way to continue our fight to prevent and eventually cure cancer.”
The announcement comes on the heels of the cancer center’s 30th anniversary and a year after the grand opening of its new Moffitt McKinley Outpatient Center. Most of the center’s 56,000 patients receive treatment at outpatient facilities, which also includes Moffitt at International Plaza.
Construction for the first phase of the new expansion is expected to begin in 2017 as Moffitt builds a new clinical support building that will house faculty offices and additional laboratories that will provide more opportunities for breakthroughs in research. Creating that additional space will also make it possible to add more beds within the existing 206-bed facility on Magnolia Drive, meaning even more patients can be treated at Moffitt.
It would be toward the end of the 10-year plan that a new hospital wing would be added to the cancer center.
“As we continually strive to find a cure, we also must continue to improve treatment for our patients,” List said. “This expansion project allows us to do both of those things.”
In 2016, Moffitt was named the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The National Cancer Institute also renewed Moffitt’s standing as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, making it the only NCI-designated center based in Florida.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.