SOURCE: ProMedica Health System

ProMedica Health System

ProMedica Health System

ProMedica Health System

March 15, 2010 13:44 ET

Healthcare and Community Leaders Celebrate Plans to Bring New Cancer Center to Monroe, Michigan

MONROE, MI--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) - Today, Mercy Memorial Hospital of Monroe, ProMedica Health System of Toledo and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center of Detroit held a groundbreaking celebration at the building site of the future Monroe Cancer Center. The facility will be located at 800 Stewart Road near the campus of Mercy Memorial Hospital. The three organizations are equal partners in a joint venture to establish a world-renowned cancer treatment facility in Monroe. It will be the first integrated cancer center in the area offering medical and radiation oncology services under one roof.

More than $5 million will be invested into the state-of-the-art cancer center to deliver individualized cancer therapy, the latest protocols for medical oncology and advanced technology for radiation oncology. The facility 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 Toledo Clinic.

"The collaborative between Mercy Memorial Hospital System, Karmanos Cancer Center, and ProMedica Health System allows us to provide nationally recognized cancer care in Monroe County," said Annette S. Phillips, president and chief executive officer, Mercy Memorial Hospital System. "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."

"As a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, we are committed to providing exceptional, state-of-the-science cancer care to our patients," said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. "Working in partnership with Mercy Memorial Hospital System and ProMedica Health System to create the Monroe Cancer Center supports our mission at Karmanos, to create greater access to quality cancer care and targeted personalized treatments to save lives and end this disease."

"We are extremely pleased about this collaboration which will significantly enhance the quality of medical care and treatment options that will be available in Monroe," said Randy Oostra, president and chief executive officer, ProMedica Health System. Now, residents of this area will have access to the most innovative and technologically-advanced care, without having to travel to another community."

The 10,000 square-foot facility will be designed by Hobb and Black Associates, Inc. of Ann Arbor, Mich. The construction project will be managed by Contracting Resources, Inc. of Brighton, Mich. The new center is expected to open in the first quarter of 2011 and bring new jobs to the area.

About Mercy Monroe Hospital System

In 1972, Mercy Hospital of Monroe and Memorial Hospital of Monroe merged to form Mercy Memorial Hospital serving Monroe County, eastern Lenawee County, southern Wayne County and northwest Ohio. Today, the organization is known as Mercy Memorial Hospital System and is composed of a 238-bed acute care hospital; Mercy Memorial Nursing Center, a 70-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center; Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe; an outpatient surgery center; a home care division, a durable medical equipment division, outpatient satellite offices and retail pharmacy. Featured services on the hospital's main campus include a new and expanded emergency department that opened in 2008, a new surgical services department which opened in July 2009, a birthing center, cancer care, dialysis treatment, sleep studies center; and state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging. For more information, please visit

About ProMedica Health System

ProMedica Health System, consistently ranked among the most integrated health systems in the United States, was formed in 1986 and is a Toledo, Ohio-based, not-for-profit health care organization with 15,000 employees, 71 corporations and joint ventures, 2,900 physicians and more than 283 facilities in Ohio and Michigan. ProMedica facilities treat more than 2.4 million patients annually and includes 10 hospitals; ProMedica Continuing Care Services with senior, rehabilitation and integrative services; ProMedica Physician Group, a large network of primary care, obstetrics, and specialist physicians; Paramount Health Care, the largest HMO in northwest Ohio; and the Health, Education and Research Corporation, with more than 200 academic relationships. For more information, please visit

About Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

Located in mid-town Detroit, Michigan, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Caring for nearly 6,000 new patients annually on a budget of $216 million, conducting more than 700 cancer-specific scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, Karmanos is among the nation's best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including nearly 300 physicians and researchers on faculty at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial donors, Karmanos strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer. Its long-term partnership with the WSU School of Medicine enhances the collaboration of critical research and academics related to cancer care. Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., is the Institute's president and chief executive officer. Karmanos is southeastern Michigan's most preferred hospital for cancer care according to annual surveys conducted by the National Research Corporation. For more information call 1-800-KARMANOS or go to

Contact Information

    Matthew Heffner
    Mercy Memorial Hospital System
    cell 734.788.5556

    Patricia A. Ellis
    Karmanos Cancer Center
    cell, 313.410.3417

    Tedra J. White
    ProMedica Health System
    cell, 419.262.0371