The Board of Directors at MidMichigan Health has approved a $61.5 million construction project to build a Comprehensive Cancer Center on the Midland campus. The project needs approval from 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 start 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 at MidMichigan brings cancer care into one location, 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 a plan of care without multiple appointments at 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 truly is staggering. A newly diagnosed cancer patient has more than 100 medical visits within the first year following their diagnosis,” said Joan Herbert, Pharm.D., oncology service line director for MidMichigan Health. “In fact, it is not uncommon for a patient to have a laboratory draw, diagnostic imaging test, an office visit with their medical oncologist, as well as chemotherapy and radiation treatment all within a single day’s visit. 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 one-stop location that is designed with comfortable amenities and surrounded by warm, finishing touches.”
MidMichigan Health offers comprehensive cancer care focused on breast, lung, esophageal, colon, genitourinary and gynecologic cancers. The health system’s program includes access to a team of 23 providers specializing in cancer care, certified oncology nurses, radiation therapists, the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology, 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 go-to-place for care by offering the latest technology and the brightest medical and surgical talent at our Comprehensive Cancer Center – close to home.”
The MidMichigan Health Foundation will be raising funds to support the building project. Donations will be accepted online at www.midmichigan.org/cancercenter or by calling (989) 839-1932. Those interested in more information on MidMichigan’s comprehensive cancer program may visit //www.midmichigan.org/cancer.