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Henry Ford Health System plans to build $110 million cancer center

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DETROIT – Henry Ford Health System on Monday announced plans to build a $110 million cancer center as part of a $500 million expansion and neighborhood improvement initiative on 300 acres in Detroit.

The new cancer center will anchor Henry Ford Hospital's South Campus expansion project, located on 300 acres south of W. Grand Blvd. and north of I-94.

The planned five-story, 144,000 square-foot cancer center will include a rooftop garden and skywalk to connect it to Henry Ford Hospital. Opening is expected in summer 2018. The facility will be funded by internal and philanthropic support.

Along with the cancer center, the project's 10-15 year vision includes green space, commercial, retail and housing development in an area.

With ambulatory cancer treatment and support services under one roof, the new facility will make cancer care more comfortable and convenient for patients, families and seniors with a design that focuses on their emotional and physical needs through:

  • Express cancer services via a cancer-specific urgent care, and extended weekday and weekend hours of care
  • Cancer-type specific physicians and other specialists working together on the same floor, including radiation oncology, medical oncology and surgical services
  • Expanded patient concierge services, nurse navigators, financial navigators and palliative care
  • On-site exercise, fitness and nutrition planning, with exercise bikes in chemotherapy infusion areas, as well as yoga/eastern medicine programs, nutrition coaches and cooking classes
  • Dedicated personal spaces for lounging and computer access
  • Retail cancer services, including expanded aesthetics and personal care items, and food services directed to the tastes of cancer patients and meeting their home food needs.

The center will incorporate technology as well as clinical and translational research that patients seek in a destination center, including:

  • Greater integration of translational research programs into the clinical setting
  • Support for components of clinical research necessary as research moves into the next era of personal and precision medicine
  • Dedicated space where patients can speak with research nurses about clinical trial opportunities

"We're creating a world-class cancer facility supporting the expertise of the Henry Ford Medical Group in the care of cancer patients," said Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO John Popovich Jr., M.D. "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."

This summer, the $30 million Cardinal Health Distribution Center opened on the site with 100 employees. Henry Ford was instrumental in attracting Cardinal Health to create a new regional hub in Detroit, and performed crucial pre-planning work on the site such as land assembly, city approvals and obtaining cleanup funds.

To learn more about the new cancer center, visit www.henryford.com/nextgencancercenter.