PORT HURON, Mich. — Port Huron Hospital and McLaren Health Care filed a letter of intent today with the Michigan Department of Community Health to build a cancer center in Port Huron that will bring the most modern technology and facilities in the Blue Water region for cancer treatment, planning and simulation. Plans include infusion therapy, radiation therapy, additional imaging technology and ample space for patient and community education.
Plans for the estimated $20-million construction project include new imaging services and the purchase of an Elekta VersaHD linear accelerator, leading-edge technology that delivers the most effective radiation therapy available. In addition, the new facility will house all of Port Huron Hospital’s traditional cancer treatment and resources for an integrated patient experience. Construction of the facility could start in fall 2014, with an anticipated opening in 2015.
“Based on growing cancer evidence in St. Clair County, it’s apparent that a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility and new radiation equipment will serve cancer patients in the community well. The new facility will greatly strengthen access to new therapies and treatments available locally,” says Justin Klamerus, M.D., M.M.M., chief quality officer and executive vice president of community-based programs for McLaren’s cancer network.
“McLaren has committed to significant investments for improving our facilities, growing our services and expanding our local market. This multi-million investment is the first of many expansion efforts from which patients will benefit,” says Thomas DeFauw, CEO and president, Port Huron Hospital. “It’s a great example of the value our new relationship with McLaren will bring to the community.”
“Port Huron Hospital’s current cancer program has evolved into a mature, well-respected superior program,” says Thomas DeFauw. “We’re making decisions now to advance our system beyond today’s needs to continue to be strong for the future, with the ultimate goal of providing the very best in today’s cancer treatment.”