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Media Release

Healthcare Leaders Announce New Monroe Cancer Center

posted on: 11/28/2011

Kristi M. Stamey
Mercy Memorial Hospital System
734.240.4567; cell 734.770.7385

Kristi M. Stamey
Mercy Memorial Hospital System
734.240.4567; cell 734.770.7385

MONROE, MI - July 19, 2011, Mercy Memorial Hospital System, ProMedica of Toledo and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center of Detroit announce the opening of the Monroe Cancer Center.

The Monroe Cancer Center, a joint venture between the three organizations, brings quality cancer care to Monroe County.

The Monroe Cancer Center is located at 800 Stewart Road in Monroe near the campus of Mercy Memorial Hospital. The Monroe Cancer Center initiated a contract with the Karmanos Cancer Center to provide the medical and clinical staff for the radiation therapy center. Chemotherapy is administered by Toledo Clinic Medical Oncology. Clinical trials and Mercy Memorial Cancer Connection, a non-clinical resource, are also included in the center to deliver quality, individualized cancer therapy.

"The Karmanos Cancer Center’s mission is to provide exceptional cancer care and innovative treatment options for its patients," said Andre A. Konski M.D.,MBA, MA, FACR, chief, Radiation Oncology for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center. "As a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, Karmanos has the most state-of-the-science cancer treatments, individualized for each patient. Now, thanks to this partnership, those facing a cancer diagnosis in Monroe and surrounding communities will have access to advanced technology for radiation therapy, closer to home."

Annette Phillips, 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 high-quality, cancer services to improve treatment options and quality of care for cancer patients. Cancer patients will be able to receive all-inclusive treatment without having to leave the county."

The Monroe Cancer Center, is a "dream come true" to Charu Trivedi, M.D., Toledo Clinic Medical Oncology.

"I am happy to provide cancer patients in Monroe with chemotherapy and clinical trials in this beautiful cancer center," said Dr. Trivedi. "Additional services will also be coming including a Healing Garden to soothe the emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of those undergoing cancer treatment. We are fortunate to have this wonderful facility in Monroe."

A ribbon cutting ceremony and community open house are scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2011.

For more information, please call (734) 240-1800.