- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Henry Ford Health System plans to build a $110 million cancer center in Detroit as part of a $500 million expansion and neighborhood improvement project, officials announced Monday.

The five-story, 144,000 square-foot center will include a rooftop garden and skywalk to connect it to Henry Ford Hospital, the health system said. Opening is expected in summer 2018.

The Detroit-based health system said the center will put cancer treatment and support services under one roof, making care more comfortable and convenient for patients and their families. It will include a cancer-specific urgent care and extended weekday and weekend hours.

“The facility will be modern in its technology and, most importantly, address the physical and emotional needs of our cancer patients by offering greater flexibility with their care, and expanded support services for the duration of their disease,” Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO John Popovich Jr. said in a statement.

Other features include radiation oncology, medical oncology and surgical services all on the same floor; on-site exercise, fitness and nutrition planning; greater integration of research programs; and dedicated space where patients can speak with research nurses about clinical trial opportunities.

The center will anchor Henry Ford Hospital’s South Campus expansion. That project includes green space, commercial, retail and housing development in the roughly 300-acre neighborhood over the next 10 to 15 years, with the health system investing in about 30 acres.

“It’s not only paved the way for new development in the city, but eliminated blight by demolishing 100 vacant structures throughout the 300 acre neighborhood,” Mayor Mike Duggan said.

The health system also is working to boost other investment in the area. This summer, the $30 million Cardinal Health Distribution Center opened with 100 employees and the health system, for example, noted that it assisted with planning work such as getting city approvals.

Henry Ford Health System already has a cancer program, providing care at four hospitals and four outpatient treatment facilities. About 5,500 new cancer patients are treated annually at Henry Ford. Groundbreaking on the cancer center is planned for this spring.




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