Metro Plans New Cancer Center

September 27, 2007
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WYOMING — Metro Health Hospital plans to provide outpatient primary cancer care, including radiation treatment, at Metro Health Village.

The hospital intends to partner with Dr. Michael Zakem, a medical oncologist, a member of the 15-physician practice Cancer and Hematology Centers of West Michigan, to build and operate a $9 million, 21,500-square-foot cancer care center.

Metro Health announced today it is submitting a letter of intent with the Michigan Department of Community Health to seek a Certificate of Need for a linear accelerator, which is used to deliver radiation therapy. Zakem said plans also call for chemotherapy and space for other cancer specialists to meet with patients.

On Sunday, Metro Health Hospital is moving patients from its home of 50 years at 1919 Boston St. SE to a new, $150 million, 208-bed facility at 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW in Wyoming. Most of the hospital’s 65 departments have either already moved or are in the process of completing the transition. The hospital is the centerpiece of the 170-acre Metro Health Village development on Byron Center near M-6.

The proposed cancer care center would be located on a wooded lot in the southeast corner of the development.    

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