Florida Senate - 2016                            (NP)    SR 1794
       By Senator Latvala
       20-05104-16                                           20161794__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing and commending the Moffitt
    3         Cancer Center on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.
    5         WHEREAS, in 1981, the Legislature passed a bill creating
    6  the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, and
    7  construction of the project began in 1983, and
    8         WHEREAS, the Moffitt Cancer Center opened in 1986 and in
    9  1989 launched the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, and
   10         WHEREAS, in 1993, Moffitt Cancer Center Screening and
   11  Prevention opened, followed in 1995 by the Moffitt Research
   12  Center, and
   13         WHEREAS, in 1998, the Moffitt Cancer Center earned a
   14  National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Support Grant, and
   15  the Legislature appropriated $100 million to expand research and
   16  clinical programs, and
   17         WHEREAS, in 2001, the Moffitt Cancer Center earned NCI
   18  Comprehensive Cancer Center status and in 2003 opened the
   19  Vincent A. Stabile Research Building and an expanded Muriel
   20  Rothman Building, and
   21         WHEREAS, in 2003 the Moffitt Cancer Center launched Total
   22  Cancer Care, an innovative program that seeks to overcome
   23  economic and geographic barriers to advanced cancer care, and
   24         WHEREAS, in 2009, the Moffitt Cancer Center opened the
   25  South Expansion, where two new Varian Trilogy units and a new
   26  Pinnacle Treatment Planning System have been installed and are
   27  in use in the Radiation Oncology Section, and
   28         WHEREAS, in 2011, the Moffitt Cancer Center at
   29  International Plaza opened, and Moffitt South moved to a
   30  location near Tampa International Airport and International
   31  Plaza, and
   32         WHEREAS, in 2015 the modern, 207,000-square-foot Moffitt
   33  McKinley Outpatient Center opened, fulfilling a critical need
   34  for expanded outpatient services, and
   35         WHEREAS, the Moffitt Cancer Center, the state’s only NCI
   36  designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and the state leader in
   37  treatment, research, and training, treats 1,000 patients each
   38  day as the third-largest and fastest-growing cancer center in
   39  the nation, and
   40         WHEREAS, the Moffitt Cancer Center has grown from 400
   41  employees to more than 5,000, and has a nearly $2 billion
   42  economic impact, with more than 100 patent applications, and
   43         WHEREAS, the Moffitt Cancer Center is training more than
   44  1,800 students annually to address the critical future shortage
   45  of oncologists in this state, and
   46         WHEREAS, the Moffitt Cancer Center is leading the state in
   47  research, with nearly 12,000 patients placed in clinical trials
   48  in the past 5 years, NOW, THEREFORE,
   50  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   52         That the Senate recognizes and commends the Moffitt Cancer
   53  Center on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.