MidMichigan Health Planning Comprehensive Cancer Center on the Midland Campus
Rendering of the MidMichigan Health Comprehensive Cancer Center (source: MidMichigan Health)
The MidMichigan Health Board of Trustees has approved a $61.5 million construction project to build a comprehensive cancer center on the Midland campus. The project must be approved by the Michigan Department of Community Health for MidMichigan’s Certificate of Need (CON) before it can begin. A two-year construction project is expected to begin in the spring of 2022 once approval is received.
“We all know someone who has been touched by cancer. Our vision for a comprehensive cancer center here in MidMichigan brings cancer care together in one place, creating an exceptional patient experience with all the necessary care our patients need under one roof,” said Diane Postler-Slattery. , Ph.D., FACHE, President and CEO, MidMichigan Health. “The new center will give us the space for multiple specialists to see the patient on the same day, collaborate and provide the patient with a care plan without multiple appointments in multiple locations.”
The 115,000 square foot building will be adjacent to the medical center, on the site of the existing Towsley building. The structure and footprint of the Towsley Building will remain; however, the interior will be rebuilt to meet the needs of the new center.
“The number is truly staggering. A patient with newly diagnosed cancer has more than 100 doctor visits in the first year after diagnosis,” said Joan Herbert, Pharm.D., director of oncology service line for MidMichigan Health. “In fact, it’s not uncommon for a patient to have a lab swab, a diagnostic imaging test, an office visit with their medical oncologist, and chemotherapy and radiation all in one. daytime. This can be stressful and overwhelming for both the patient and their family member or caregiver. The new Center allows us to consolidate our services and provide care in a single location designed with comfortable amenities and surrounded by warm finishing touches.
MidMichigan Health offers comprehensive cancer care focused on breast, lung, esophageal, colon, genitourinary, and gynecological cancers. The health system program includes access to a team of 23 providers specializing in cancer care, certified oncology nurses, radiation therapists, the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies, clinical trials and a full range of support services.
“At MidMichigan, we offer a full continuum of cancer care and this new facility will allow us to provide an environment where that care is seamless, coordinated and convenient for our patients and their families,” said Herbert. “When a person hears the word cancer, we want to be their standard of care by providing the latest technology and the best medical and surgical talent at our Comprehensive Cancer Center – close to home.”
The MidMichigan Health Foundation will raise funds to support the construction project. Donations will be accepted online at www.midmichigan.org/cancercenter or by calling (989) 839-1932. Those interested in more information about MidMichigan’s comprehensive cancer program can visit http://www.midmichigan.org/cancer.