FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 18, 2016

Contact:     Ginger VanNuck, (810) 989-3523
                  gvannuck@porthuronhospital.org

 

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute now open at McLaren Port Huron

Comprehensive chemotherapy and radiation therapy services available on site, under one roof

 

Port Huron, Mich. – Less than one year after construction began, the new 15,000 square-foot Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute opened today, July 18, for patient care at McLaren Port Huron. The opening marks a new, sophisticated level of cancer services available to residents in St. Clair and Sanilac counties.

 

Twelve chemotherapy infusion bays serve cancer patients. Each private bay offers a picturesque view, heated massage lounge chairs, and a TV for patients.  In addition, treatment planning and physician consult space are available for patients and their families to meet with physicians for treatment planning, examination and follow up care. When the Karmanos Cancer Institute is fully functional by the end of 2018, there will be a total of 22 infusion bays.

 

“With the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Port Huron, cancer patients can receive top-notch cancer services right here at home, without the need to travel out of the area for treatments and therapies that usually require several visits per week,” says Jennifer Montgomery, president and CEO, McLaren Port Huron. “This means less stress, more convenience and a better care experience for our patients and their families, all of which promote healing.”

 

A new, state-of-the-art linear accelerator, which enables radiation therapy to be delivered precisely to the tumor, minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue, is installed. Radiation therapy to treat all types of cancer will begin in early August.

 

Additional features of the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Port Huron include:

  • ·         Being one of 15 Karmanos cancer treatment sites in Michigan 
  • ·         Providing access to state-of-the-art cancer trials and the latest cancer fighting therapies
  • ·         Offering multidisciplinary teams focused on 13 specific types of cancer
  • ·         Access to genetic counseling and testing
  • ·         Team-based cancer patient navigation services, offering coordination of all care including mental
               health, emotional and social support

 

Complete diagnostic services, including laboratory, CT, MRI, and PET scans continue to be offered in the McLaren Port Huron hospital building.

 

“Research shows that overall cancer trends have increased 6.5 percent over the last 15 years in St. Clair County. Now with the Karmanos Cancer Institute here in Port Huron, our community will have access to the highest quality cancer treatment, cancer research and overall cancer care and support,” says Justin Klamerus, MD, EVP, chief quality officer, and oncology research medical director.

 

Shortly after the opening of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, construction will begin on the new four-story, 165,000 square-foot patient tower on the south end of the hospital campus. The tower will feature more than 70 private rooms; a new emergency center, an observation unit, an expanded intensive care unit; and four new inpatient operating rooms.

 

As a result of the south tower construction, the hospital main and south entrances closed July 17. Over the next 18 months, patients and visitors will enter the hospital at the Emergency Center vestibule. All entrances, exits and hallways will be clearly marked with signage, and an information desk will be added to assist guests in finding their way. In addition, guides will be available during peak hours to personally assist patients and visitors.

 

Patient and visitor parking will not change. However, during construction, McLaren Port Huron will offer complimentary valet services at the new Emergency Center entrance.

 

For more information about the Karmanos Cancer Institute or campus construction, check the visit www.mclaren.org/phrising for updates.

 

ABOUT McLAREN PORT HURON

McLaren Port Huron is a 186-bed non-profit hospital located in Port Huron, Michigan. A community hospital founded in 1882, it has a strong history of providing quality, compassionate care to residents living in St. Clair and Sanilac counties and has earned repeated recognition for both clinical excellence and patient safety from nationally renowned health care rating organizations. McLaren Port Huron makes many health care specialties available to area residents, including cardiovascular care, orthopedic care, and general, bariatric and robotic-assisted surgeries.  Also available at the hospital are board-certified emergency physicians and nurses who staff the county’s busiest emergency center, family birthing services and the only accredited sleep center in the region. In addition to its main campus in Port Huron, the hospital operates community health centers in Marysville, Yale, Lexington, St. Clair and Capac. 

 

ABOUT THE BARBARA ANN KARMANOS CANCER INSTITUTE

Headquartered in mid-town Detroit, Michigan, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, a subsidiary of McLaren Health Care, is one of 46 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States and is among the nation’s best cancer centers.  Karmanos Cancer Institute is the largest cancer research and provider network in Michigan.  Karmanos strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer.  For more information, call 1-800-KARMANOS or go to www.karmanos.org.

 

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Heather Gaffney
Communications Representative

Marketing and Public Relations

McLaren Port Huron

Phone: (810) 989-3181

hgaffney@porthuronhospital.org