KALAMAZOO, MI — The cancer center across from Bronson Methodist Hospital has opened its doors for adult cancer patients, the healthcare system announced Monday, Feb. 1.
In less than two years, the healthcare system built the five-story center for medical oncology, hematology and infusion services, according to a news release from Bronson. In addition to outpatient treatment, the new center offers cancer patients support services such as survivorship, palliative care, nutrition counseling and healthy living activities, the release said.
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The 85,000-square foot facility was named in honor of former Bronson president and CEO Frank Sardone.
As Sardone was leaving his position after 32 years with Bronson, he told MLive his hoped Bronson’s regional scope and broader influence on West Michigan continued to grow. The Frank J. Sardone Pavilion is now part of Bronson’s growing footprint in the cancer field.
Bronson Children’s Hospital serves children with cancer and blood disorders from throughout the region, and the Bronson Cancer Center in Battle Creek continues to provide a comprehensive range of oncology and radiation treatment for adults in Calhoun County.
Bronson also partners on radiation, surgical and gynecological oncology services with Western Michigan Cancer Center. Five medical oncologists and four advanced practice providers, who previously saw Bronson patients at WMCC, are now available full time at the new center, according to the release.
A 2018 announcement from the West Michigan Cancer Center dissolved the partnership between Bronson and Borgess, and both healthcare systems decided to build separate centers.
The planned Ascension Medical Group Borgess Cancer Center is on track to open September 2021, according to a Monday news release from Ascension Borgess.
Construction crews broke ground in August 2020. The facility is being built in the newly completed second phase of Western Michigan University’s Business, Technology and Research Park.
The 38,000-square-foot facility is located near the intersection of Stadium Drive and Drake Road in Oshtemo Township.
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