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Metro Health, U-Michigan Health System announce joint venture for radiation oncology care

Partnership provides patients with world-class cancer expertise and care at new Grand Rapids-area Cancer Center

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added 6/12/08

WYOMING, MI - Metro Health and the University of Michigan Health System today announced a joint venture to offer quality radiation oncology services at Metro Health's new 21,500-square-foot Cancer Center at Metro Health Village in Wyoming.

Dr. Sandler and patient
Dr. Howard Sandler positions a patient to receive radiation therapy.

The Cancer Center will operate under the direction of Michael Zakem, D.O., a partner with the Cancer and Hematology Centers of Western Michigan, and a permanent Director of Radiation Oncology expected to be named this fall.

"This partnership with the University of Michigan Health System is about raising the level of quality patient care, collaboration and community access," said Michael Faas, president of Metro Health. "Physicians throughout our region can now refer their patients to the University of Michigan for radiation therapy without leaving the area. It's a win-win for the entire community."

In addition to Metro's existing primary cancer care, including medical oncology and chemotherapy, the Cancer Center at Metro Health Village, opening June 30, will also feature a dedicated pharmacy and cancer information resource center. Later this fall, the University of Michigan Health System will offer cancer patients radiation therapy using the most modern technology.

"Today marks an historic milestone for the University of Michigan Health System," said Theodore S. Lawrence, M.D, Ph.D., Chair of the University of Michigan Medical School's Department of Radiation Oncology. "It was evident in the beginning of our discussions that Metro Health shared a common vision of patient centric quality cancer care. We are impressed with the new Cancer Center and look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Zakem for the benefit of cancer patients throughout the region."

Metro joins seven other hospitals throughout the state that make up the U-M's Radiation Oncology Network. By fostering interregional and inter-institutional collaboration, the network permits the U-M to run radiation oncology centers throughout Michigan, offering state of the art patient care and access to cutting edge research close to home.

Earlier this month, Metro received approval from the Michigan Department of Community Health for a certificate of need, paving the way for this partnership.

"We are delivering on a promise to our patients and the physician community," said Dr. Zakem. "Our new and existing patients will now have access to the highest quality of cancer care available while our physician community can collaborate with some of the best minds in cancer treatment and research today. Combine this with the convenience of our state of the art Cancer Center and we have a streamlined outpatient experience that is truly patient centric."

Staffing the center for radiation and medical oncology services 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.

About Metro Health
Metro Health is a regional health-care organization with a 208-bed general acute care osteopathic teaching hospital and 12 neighborhood outpatient centers, serving more than 130,000 patients in Kent and surrounding counties. Metro offers a broad range of services, including hospital inpatient and outpatient services, emergency, surgery, intensive care and rehabilitation. Physician, therapy and diagnostic services are offered in its 12 neighborhood centers. Metro's work is supported by the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, which is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of the West Michigan community through philanthropy.

For more information, visit www.metrohealth.net.

About University of Michigan Health System
The University of Michigan Health System is comprised of three hospitals (C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, University Hospital and Women's Hospital), the Medical School, School of Nursing, 30 community health centers, 120 outpatient clinics and the Michigan Health Corp. It is home to one of 39 cancer programs in the country designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. UMHS has a tradition of excellence in teaching, patient care and research, and consistently ranks among the best health care institutions in the nation.


Jim Childress, Metro Health Hospital, 616-460-7978

Ellen Bristol, Metro Health Hospital, 616-252-5033

Nicole Fawcett, University of Michigan Health System, 734-764-2220


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