Munson breaks ground on new cancer center

MunsonEach year 14-million people globally are diagnosed with cancer. In Northern Michigan health experts say they see some 1,500 new cases of cancer each year.

On Thursday a big step was taken toward offering services to cancer patients closer to home. Munson Medical Center hosted a ground-breaking ceremony to launch construction of the Cowell Family Cancer Center.

The new building will be a comprehensive cancer center. This means patients will be able to receive all the treatment they need under one roof.

Beth Karczewski, the Senior Leadership Giving Specialist at Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, said Munson is transforming the way they provide care.

“ Newly diagnosed patients will come in on one day and meet with all the professionals that they need to meet with and find out what their course of treatment is going to be. I heard a comment that cancer is not an emergency usually, but it’s usually a mental emergency. So just having that burden lifted of knowing where the treatment is going to end up is very reassuring to our patients.”

Karczewski says the center will be 86,000 square-feet in size and will cost $45 million. So far fundraising efforts have raised more than $17 million. Officials say that completes the first phase of fundraising.