Patient and Visitor Information

Patient and Visitor Information
for Karmanos at McLaren Bay Region

Amenities

Hot Beverage s/ Vending Machine / Places to Eat

Free coffee, tea and hot cocoa are available in the lobby of the cancer center. These refreshments are located adjacent to the elevator. A variety of local eateries are available in the area. Please ask any staff member for more information on your local options.

Parking

Free parking is available for your convenience. Multiple handicapped spaces are available for use. Wheelchairs are accessible for use during your visit to the cancer center; these are located just inside the lobby entrance

Patient Lounge

Located in the lobby of the cancer center, this room is designed to accommodate all guests. The lounge contains books and a television to help pass the time. Vending machines with beverages are also available for your convenience.

No Smoking / Help Quitting Tobacco

The Karmanos Cancer Institute campuses are non-smoking campuses. Counseling is offered free-of-charge to help quit tobacco at the Michigan Tobacco Quit line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Internet Access

Wi-Fi is available free of charge. You can connect to the Wi-Fi by choosing the “guest” option on your phone, tablet or laptop.

PET/CT

PET/CT is a nuclear imaging scan that helps detect diseases and cancer in your body. These services require a physician’s order. PET/CT services are available. For further information and locations, contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department at 989-894-3080.

Lab Services

Laboratory services are available on-site and at offsite facilities to provide convenient care.

Resources and Support

While you and your family adjust to a new cancer diagnosis, staff members are committed to helping you understand and manage your cancer treatments. We are pleased to offer individualized and personal support.

Cancer Care Nursing Team

Our nursing staff in medical and radiation oncology work hand-in-hand with patients, their families, caregivers, medical staff and the community to assure that an appropriate plan of care is developed and implemented to meet the needs of the patients. The nursing staff works collaboratively to educate patients and schedule medical care. Many of our nurses specialize in oncology (cancer) care and are designated Oncology Certified Nurses (OCN). Your cancer care team also includes medical assistants who work directly with your physicians and nurses.

Education and Cancer Resource Center

This is a patient and family friendly health library. Cancer patients and their caregivers have access to the center, located in the lobby at the Bay office. The center is designed specifically to assist the cancer patients with their journey and need for information and resources. Topics include information on the diagnosis, treatment of cancer and coping with side effects. Literature, videotapes, DVD’s and a lending library provide useful information and tools.

Genetic Counseling

The Cancer Genetic Counseling Service at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center involves documenting detailed personal and family history, conducting a personalized risk assessment and discussing your genetic testing options. The goal is to help you understand your cancer risk and the chance that cancer might be passed along through the genes in your family (risk assessment). This information can also help you to become more involved in ways to reduce your risk by modifying your lifestyle and developing a personalized screening and treatment plan.

McLaren Bay Region Cancer Rehabilitation

McLaren Bay Region, offers premium cancer rehabilitation services to cancer survivors undergoing treatment or living with its aftermath. Our program is dedicated to helping cancer survivors lead an active and full life. Through our Cancer Rehabilitation Program, our goal is to minimize the side effects of cancer treatment and to encourage cancer survivors to have the best quality of life as possible. Our program provides patients with coordinated cancer rehabilitation supported by a team of specially trained clinicians and providers.

    Center for Rehabilitation
    3190 E. Midland Rd.
    Bay City, MI 48706
    Phone: 989-667-6600
    Fax: 989-667-6610

McLaren Breast Center

This is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to providing comprehensive breast health services. The breast center offers breast ultrasound, stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsies, and digital mammography technology.

    The Women’s Health Pavilion
    3175 W. Professional Drive
    Bay City, Michigan 48706
    989-667-6350

Nutrition Counseling

Your nutritional needs vary depending on your disease, cancer treatment and your metabolism. It is important to know that not everyone has difficulty with nutrition. If you have any questions about nutrition or how to eat during your cancer care, please discuss with your physician or nurse. They may refer you to a registered dietitian who can help address your needs. In addition, the resource room has general information on healthy eating habits to support you during and after your treatment.

Social Worker

These health care professionals address the psychosocial needs of the patient and their families, advocating during all phases of cancer treatment. They help provide a sense of control, empowerment and understanding.

Spiritual and Pastoral Care

A sense of meaning, purpose and connection beyond oneself can help to improve quality of life, and to put problems in perspective. Each person’s spiritual beliefs and experiences are nurtured in different ways. McLaren Bay has a chaplain available for counsel and spiritual guidance. For more information, call Spiritual Care Services at 989-894-6055 or 989-894-3199.

Support/Educational Groups

Support and educational groups provide an opportunity for anyone touched by cancer to network, learn and alleviate feelings of isolation. Monthly support groups are held from 3:30-5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the first floor conference room at Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Free Interpreter Services Available

The Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Bay Region is committed to providing personalized, compassionate care. The foundation of our commitment is based on communication. We believe it is vital that you are able to fully participate in your care through effective, understandable and respectful communication with all members of your health care team. This is YOUR right and we are committed to fulfilling this obligation.

To ensure this commitment, we offer free interpreter services in more than 150 languages. Please inform a team member if you need language or hearing assistance, and we will make arrangements for you. The staff members here at the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Bay Region are knowledgeable about our interpretive program and are here to ensure you have the support you need.