Monroe Cancer Center Celebrates Opening
Monday, September 05, 2011
The Karmanos Cancer Center, Mercy Memorial Hospital System and ProMedica,
Partner to Bring Quality Cancer Care to Monroe, Michigan
Community leaders, area residents and health care professionals took part in a ribbon-cutting open house event on Thursday, Sept. 1, to celebrate the opening of the Monroe Cancer Center at the new facility located at 800 Stewart Rd., in Monroe.
Joining in the official ribbon-cutting are, from left to right, Randy Oostra, DM, FACHE, president and CEO, ProMedica; Charu Trivedi, M.D., Toledo Clinic Medical Oncology; Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Annette Phillips, FACHE, president and CEO, Mercy Memorial Hospital System; and James McDebitt, supervisor, Frenchtown Charter Township.
The Monroe Cancer Center is a joint venture partnership of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit, Mercy Memorial Hospital System of Monroe and ProMedica of Toledo. The joint venture was formed in 2009 to bring a comprehensive cancer care to Monroe and surrounding communities. Each of the health institutions are equal partners in the joint venture.
The $5 million-dollar facility, located near the campus of Mercy Memorial Hospital, is more than 12,700 square-feet. Services include radiation therapy by the Karmanos Cancer Center; medical oncology by the Toledo Clinic; and clinical trials and Cancer Connection supportive services through Mercy Memorial Hospital. The new cancer center brings quality cancer care and individualized, patient-targeted cancer therapy under one roof.
“As a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, Karmanos is committed to doing all we can to eradicate cancer," said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. "It's with this same commitment to quality care that Karmanos' team of radiation oncologists is providing targeted radiation therapy at the Monroe Cancer Center. Now, those facing a cancer diagnosis in Monroe and surrounding communities will have access to advanced radiation therapy, closer to home."
Annette Phillips, FACHE, President & CEO of Mercy Memorial Hospital System said the Monroe Cancer Center is another example of how MMHS is providing outstanding health care services to Monroe County.
“This unique collaborative with the Karmanos Cancer Center and ProMedica allows us to provide nationally recognized radiation oncology and compassionate care right here in Monroe,” she said. “For Mercy Memorial, building this center wasn’t about adding another facility to our system. It was about providing our community with world-class cancer services to improve treatment options and quality of care. Cancer patients will be able to receive all-inclusive treatment without having to leave the county.”
Patients and their families now have the ability to stay closer to home for treatment.
“We believe that patients and their families play a key role in their care,” says Randy Oostra, DM, FACHE, president and CEO, ProMedica. “The Monroe Cancer Center will bring cancer care closer to home and allow area residents to heal in a familiar environment close to their loved ones.”
The ribbon cutting ceremony and community open house provided community members the opportunity to see the new facility through guided tours. Information and refreshments were also provided.