An anonymous donor has given a $2 million donation to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor to support cancer care services at the hospital, including research, treatment options, and support services.
Cancer care services at the hospital, located at 5301 McAuley Dr. in Ypsilanti, include access to a radiosurgery system called CyberKnife, daVinci robotic procedure services, clinical trials, wig consultations and fittings, Swedish massages, genetic counseling, nutrition services, pastoral care, and more.
The hospital also offers cancer related support groups, such as the Share and Care Cancer Discussion Group, the Head and Neck Cancer Support Group, and the Prostate Cancer Support Group.
The donation comes from one of the original benefactors of the hospital’s Robert H. and Judy Dow Alexander Cancer Center. Constructed in 1993, patient volumes at the cancer center have tripled to more than 3,400 annually.
“Our community’s support for cancer care is astounding — we are so grateful to our long-standing donor for making an extraordinary gift of $2 million,” says Philip J. Stella, medical director of Oncology at St. Joseph Mercy Health System. “We’ve gone from eight to 15 hematology and radiation oncology specialists, and from three to 27 research staff, as well as added surgical specialists for all tumor types.”
St. Joseph Mercy Health System, a member of Livonia-based Trinity Health, serves seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It has annual operating revenue of about $1.9 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities through charity and benefit programs.