Henry Ford can­cer cen­ter aims to spur eco­nomic growth

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Maria Castel­luci

As part of a larger ef­fort to foster eco­nomic growth in Detroit, Henry Ford Health Sys­tem plans to build a $110 mil­lion com­pre­hen­sive can­cer fa­cil­ity in the city, ex­pected to open in the sum­mer of 2018.

Ground­break­ing for the five-story, 144,000-square-foot can­cer cen­ter is an­tic­i­pated in the spring of 2016 as part of the health sys­tem’s larger $500 mil­lion ex­pan­sion ef­fort. In ad­di­tion to the treat­ment cen­ter, Henry Ford plans to de­velop com­mer­cial real es­tate, homes and ded­i­cated green space over the next ten years on 300 acres in Detroit.

“I think (this can­cer cen­ter) will re­ally be a tip­ping point for oth­ers to ven­ture in and part­ner with us on com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment,” said Nancy Schlichting, Henry Ford’s CEO. The fa­cil­ity will be less than three miles from the Bar­bara Ann Kar­manos Can­cer In­sti­tute, the only cen­ter in Michigan cur­rently ded­i­cated to can­cer treat­ment.

Schlichting added that, since can­cer pa­tients of­ten re­ceive longterm care, they and their fam­i­lies will likely stay in the area for awhile. The num­ber of can­cer pa­tients treated at Henry Ford has in­creased by 31% since 2007, and more peo­ple are seek­ing can­cer treat­ment as the state’s pop­u­la­tion ages, she said.

The new can­cer cen­ter is also en­vi­sioned as a way to con­sol­i­date spe­cialty can­cer treat­ment un­der one roof, Schlichting said. Can­cer treat­ment is cur­rently dis­persed across the sys­tem’s flag­ship Henry Ford Hos­pi­tal, but in the new cen­ter, which will be con­nected to the hos­pi­tal by a sky­walk, each floor will fo­cus on the treat­ment of a spe­cific can­cer.

The new Henry Ford Health Sys­tem can­cer cen­ter is ex­pected to open in 2018.

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