Moffitt Cancer Center To Open Facility At Tampa International Airport

People boarding Tampa flights at Tampa International Airport in 2011 will have an innovative health opportunity.

Moffitt Cancer Center has signed a lease with Tampa International Airport for the two-story building that used to house Continental Airlines. Moffitt currently occupies space at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) and will move its operations when its lease with TGH ends on June 30, 2011.

"Due to high patient demand we are at capacity and have given long consideration to our options in order to accommodate the high demand," explains Michelle Foley, Moffitt's spokesperson. "Our conclusion was to find a site, preferably existing, that would allow for a broader complement of outpatient services than currently exists at our present location."

The lease has a 20-year term with two five-year renewable options depending on Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) approval. The FAA has approved Moffitt's initial occupancy as of July 1, 2011.

"The building at Tampa International Airport (TIA) was one of several properties considered," continues Foley. "Our final decision to pursue a lease with TIA for the former Continental building was predicated on the availability of an existing structure that can accommodate our plans as well as be accessible and convenient for patients and their families."

Services at the airport's medical center facility will include medical oncology, infusion services, radiation therapy and radiology. It will be accessible from Jim Walter Boulevard just off Boyscout Boulevard. in Tampa, or via the mall entrance at International Plaza.

Moffitt has an affiliate network of hospitals throughout Florida as well as Savannah, GA, and includes physicians whose clinical practice is at least 50 percent oncology or who have demonstrated an active interest in the specialty.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Michelle Foley, Moffitt Cancer Center
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