Metro Health, U-M Health System Ink Cancer Pact

June 11, 2008
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WYOMING — Metro Health announced today that its new Cancer Center at Metro Health Village will join the University of Michigan Health System’s Radiation Oncology Network.

Plans call for a director of radiation oncology to be named this fall, when the Varian Clinac linear accelerator is expected to become operational. The center opens June 30 for chemotherapy, under the direction of Dr. Michael Zakem of Cancer and Hematology Centers of Western Michigan.

The $9 million Metro Health center becomes the eighth member of the RON. The radiation therapy locations are staffed by a U-M radiation oncologist.

“Physicians throughout our region can now refer their patients to the University of Michigan for radiation therapy without leaving the area,” Metro Health President Michael Faas said. “It’s a win-win for the entire community.”

Staff will include medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, lab technologists, dosimetrists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, patient care coordinators, social workers, physicists, medical records personnel and receptionists.

The Cancer Center at Metro Health Village is located near the 208-bed Metro Health hospital, which opened in the development last fall after more than 50 years in Grand Rapids. The University of Michigan Health System houses one of 39 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

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