Moffitt Cancer Center is No. 6 cancer hospital in country, report says

TAMPA, Fla. — Moffitt Cancer Center is No. 6 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Cancer rankings released Tuesday. This is up from No. 18 last year and makes Moffitt the top ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and in the state of Florida.

The national Best Hospitals rankings, now in the 27th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients — those whose illnesses include underlying conditions, difficult procedures and other medical issues. Moffitt has been nationally ranked by U.S. News since 1999. Of the 902 hospitals overall evaluated for cancer care in the United States, Moffitt’s ranking places it in the top 1 percent.

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“Moffitt is honored to be acknowledged by U.S. News as the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation,” said Alan F. List, M.D., president and CEO of Moffitt. “It’s especially poignant that this honor comes as we celebrate the hospital’s 30th anniversary this year.”

The Best Hospitals rankings include areas such as patient survival, how often certain procedures are performed, infection rates, and nurse staffing. Factors that boosted Moffitt’s ranking to No. 6 include its achievement of nurse Magnet recognition and its continued superior outcomes.

In March 2015, Moffitt earned the prestigious nursing Magnet designation recognizing our nursing excellence. Serving patients from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, Moffitt boasts patient outcomes that beat the national average. Moffitt is one of 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and the only one based in Florida.

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Additional accolades include the 2015 Working Mother 100 Best Companies national list, No. 6 ranking on DiversityInc’s 2016 Top 10 Hospitals and Health Systems list, and the 2016 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.

U.S. News also ranks Moffitt in the top 4% in Urology in the U.S., and high performing in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Colon Cancer Surgery, and Lung Cancer Surgery.

U.S. News evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. For 2016, 153 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty, while 1,628 received a high performing rating in one or more specialties, procedures or conditions. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that were high-performing across multiple areas of care.

“It gives me a great sense of pride in the accomplishments of the center all of these years,” said hospital founder H. Lee Moffitt. “That our reputation has grown to the point that we’re now recognized as the No. 6 cancer hospital in the U.S. is just incredible. I’m really proud of the team that has gotten us to this point.”

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

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