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Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Macomb, Ted B. Wahby Cancer Center celebrates 10 years of cancer care in Macomb County

Published on Tuesday, October 02, 2018

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MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.—October 2018 marks 10 years of comprehensive cancer care in Macomb County, when the Ted B. Wahby Cancer Center opened on the campus of the then-Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center and became the first medical facility in the county dedicated to providing advanced therapies in the treatment of the many forms of cancer.

Much has changed over the years, such as names (the hospital is now McLaren Macomb and the cancer center is now the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Macomb, Ted B. Wahby Cancer Center after having joined the world renowned Karmanos Cancer Institute) and the building itself after expansion construction, but the dedication to the care of cancer patients remains.

Over the decade, physicians have treated more than 10,000 patients through the center.

“Many years ago, comprehensive cancer care was concentrated to big, main hospitals,” said Dr. Arthur Frazier, radiation oncologist and medical director of cancer services at McLaren Macomb. “I saw the benefit a cancer center could bring this community, so when I heard they were looking to build one, I asked to meet with the CEO and said ‘I’m here to be your medical director.’ Over the years, we’ve met that need.”

Opened in 2008, the cancer center represents McLaren Macomb’s and Karmanos Cancer Institute’s dedication to providing extensive frontline cancer treatment to Macomb County. Its comprehensive care includes radiation therapy technology, an infusion center, genetic testing and programs for post-treatment care as well as access to several clinical trials.

Demand for care led to the center’s expansion in 2016, adding an additional 19,000-sq. ft. to the existing 28,500-sq. ft., affording room for a second LINAC radiation therapy machine (with room for a third) and nine more infusion chairs. Construction also included a covered walkway connecting the center to the main hospital.

“These past 10 years, I believe we have proven our commitment to provide the best possible care to each and every patient,” said Pat Keigher, regional director of cancer services at McLaren Macomb, “and it’s a pledge we vow to continue to keep.”

To learn more about cancer care at the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Macomb, Ted B. Wahby Cancer Center, visit mclaren.org/macombcancer.

About McLaren Macomb:
In January 2012, Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center became McLaren Macomb.

McLaren Macomb is a 288-bed acute care hospital located in Mount Clemens, Mich. More than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees work at McLaren Macomb making it one of Macomb County’s top employers. McLaren Macomb provides a full range of services, including cancer and cardiovascular care. As Macomb County’s first verified trauma center, the hospital operates the busiest emergency department in Macomb County and is also an accredited chest pain center. McLaren Macomb has a rich history of providing high quality, compassionate health care and holds a strong position in the community it serves. To learn more, visit mclaren.org/macomb or follow our blog mclaren.org/macombblog.

About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 14 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 620,000 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. McLaren has 26,000 employees and more than 85,500 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving Michigan and Indiana.