Tampa, Florida -- An area hospital is putting the Tampa Bay area in the spotlight again. Moffitt Cancer Center has been ranked among the top hospitals in the United States when it comes to cancer treatment.
People travel from all over the world to get treatment from Moffitt Cancer Center. The top-notched facility is ranked among the top hospitals in the country, but executives explain that Moffitt won't stop there.
"I think our best years are ahead of us," said Jack Kolosky, Moffitt's chief operating officer.
Moffitt Cancer Center ranked number 16th in the nation when it comes to best hospitals for cancer research and treatment.
The U.S. News and World Report has put Moffitt near the top for the past 16 years in a row -- something Kolosky is proud of, but admits there's more work to be done.
"Our mission is to contribute to the prevention and care of cancer and there isn't anybody here that's going to rest until we do completely prevent and cure cancer," said Kolosky.
Kolosky explained that research, dedication and strong leadership are among the traits that make Moffitt successful but admits that teamwork is the centerpiece.
"The way that we come together as a team the multidisciplinary care, the way that we work together on behalf of the patient," said Kolosky.
Moffitt employs 4,500 healthcare professionals who treat more than 55,000 patients each year.
Jerry Gale is one of them.
"It's been amazing. I never expected coming to a medical institution where people would be so compassionate and caring," said Gale.
Gale was diagnosed with Lymphoma four years ago, but is now in remission. He expressed that it's all because of the care he received at Moffitt.
"They're just really kind. Everybody has enough time for you, they really consider every aspect of their treatment," said Gale.
In addition to being top ranked in cancer, Moffitt was also recognized for high performance in Ear Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Nephrology and Urology specialties.
Moffitt Cancer Center was also ranked 2nd in best hospitals overall, right behind Tampa General Hospital. For a full list of hospitals ranked by the US News and World report, visit http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/cancer.