University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

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University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The mission of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is straightforward: eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world. The hospital was created in 1941 and accepted its first patient in 1944. Since then, 1 million patients have turned to MD Anderson for cancer care.

U.S. News & World Report not only ranked MD Anderson as the No. 2 hospital in the country for cancer care, but also as a top hospital for ear, nose and throat care and gynecology. The hospital has earned Magnet designation for excellence in nursing. MD Anderson's cancer clinical trial program is the largest in the country, with more than 8,000 registrants receiving innovative treatments.

In 2012, MD Anderson launched the Moon Shots Program, which challenges physicians and scientists to target eight types of cancer and dramatically reduce mortality for the diseases. So far, the program has resulted in a new family outreach program for genetic screenings, improved surgical outcomes for ovarian cancer and an anti-tobacco program for adolescents who are at the highest risk for smoking. The Moon Shots Program has received more than $210 million in private philanthropic commitments.

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