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The Monroe Cancer Center

Construction will begin on a $5 million cancer treatment center in Monroe that is expected to make comprehensive cancer care more convenient for many area patients.  The Monroe Cancer Center, expected to be completed early next year, is being built at 800 Stewart Road.  It's a partnership of Mercy Memorial Hospital System, ProMedica Health System of Toledo and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center of Detroit.  The collaboration "allows us to provide nationally recognized cancer care in Monroe County," said Annette S. Phillips, president and chief executive officer of Mercy  Memorial Hospital.  "The cancer center will contain coordinated radiation and medical oncology in one location.  Our goal is to improve our patients' quality of care and quality of life because we believe recovery is done best when it's close to home,"  she said.  Officials at a groundbreaking ceremony in March 2010 said the state-of-the-art center will provide individualized care and the latest protocols for medical oncology and advanced technology for radiation oncology.  It also will include physician offices and offer laboratory and other oncology-related services. The radiation oncology area will be administered by the Karmanos Cancer Center and medical oncology services will be provided by the Toledo Clinic.  The 13,000 SF facility will be designed by Hobbs + Black Architects of Ann Arbor.  Contracting Resources, Inc. of Brighton will manage the construction project and own the building.  Dozens of health care and community officials attended the groundbreaking event, which Mrs. Phillips said was the realization of a dream and the start of a new era of cancer care in the area.  Often, cancer patients must travel an hour or more for certain kinds of treatment, which puts a strain on both the afflicted and their families, explained Dr. Charu Trivedi, a medical oncologist affiliated with the Toledo Clinic, who also practices at Mercy Memorial Hospital.  That's especially true in cases where patients must have radiation therapy about every day, she told The Evening News.  Dr. Michael Charbonneau, a surgical oncologist in Monroe, told The Evening News "politics" prevented such a partnership from forming in the past.  "People involved now all have a vision and it goes beyond their own agendas," he said. Randy Oostra, ProMedica president and chief executive officer, said the current health care climate helped propel the partnership. "if there's ever a time to work together, now's the time," he said.  Dr. Gerold Bepler, president and chief executive officer of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, said the partnership in the new cancer center supports his organization's mission "to create greater access to quality cancer care and targeted personalized treatments to save lives and end this disease.  "He said the new center will mean patients "do not have to travel an hour or two hours to a top-notch facility but will have the best care right in their back yard.

News Article from The Monroe Evening News, Monroe, MI. - March 16, 2010