KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD)  — Plans to build a new, five-story 85,000 sq. ft. cancer pavilion on the Bronson Methodist Hospital campus downtown were announced on Friday by Bronson Healthcare.

Patients who currently receive services for medical oncology, hematology and infusion services at the West Michigan Cancer Center on Park Street will instead be treated at the new cancer pavilion upon its openeing. 

In addition to these services, the new pavilion will also offer services in diagnostics, genetics, complex services, survivorship, nutrition counseling and cancer prevention. 

Bronson Healthcare hopes that by moving these services to the pavilion it will make it easier and more efficient for patients to have their visits managed by one electronic health record. 

“We are working to develop a clinically integrated regional cancer program that provides superior outcomes for the many adults and children who come to Bronson for care,” President and CEO of Bronson Healthcare Frank Sardone said.

“Beyond delievering clinical excellence, our focus is on improving the overall experience for patients and families so that each person’s pathway through treatment is fully understood and supported,” Sardone said.

The project, managed by CSM Group and developed by Diekema Hamann Architectural Firm, is aiming to be completed by January 2021. Then, Bronson will have two major destinations for its cancer patients: the Kalamazoo Cancer Pavilion and the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center.

The cancer pavilion is set to be located on the southeast corner Vine Street and John Street, directly across the road from the Vine Street parking ramp. 

The development of the Cancer Pavilion is estimated to cost around $60 million, so the Bronson Health Foundation is seeking donations to go towards programs, services, facilities and equipment that aid cancer patients. 

Those interested in donating may contact healthfoundation@bronson.org or call 269.341.8100.