New Oaklawn affiliation brings West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders services to Marshall
MARSHALL – Oaklawn Hospital has entered into a formal affiliation agreement with the West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders (WMCC).
Beginning July 20, medical oncologist Muhammad Rafi, M.D., will join the center’s Oaklawn Campus to serve cancer patients in Marshall.
Rafi is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology and performs procedures including bone-marrow biopsy, plasmapheresis and thoracentesis.
“This new affiliation makes it possible for Oaklawn to provide the best possible access to one of the area’s most respected and experienced cancer treatment centers,” said Mark Montross, Executive Director of the Oaklawn Medical Group.
The center’s new Oaklawn campus will be based in the office of Oaklawn Oncology and Hematology, which is Suite 2B of the Wright Medical Building, 215 E. Michigan Ave., Marshall.
Although not part of the West Michigan Cancer & Institute for Blood Disorders, Vincent Shen, M.D., will continue to see patients in that office, Montross said. “Dr. Shen has been a valued member of our medical staff and will continue to see his patients in the same location as before”. Said Montross.
“We thank the dedicated staff at Oaklawn Hospital for their efforts to work with us to continue providing state-of-the-art cancer care in Calhoun County,” said Joseph Mirro, M.D., CEO/CMO of West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders
“We’ve always been impressed by the expertise and quality of care provided by WMCC, as it offers a multidisciplinary and integrated approach in treating cancer patients,” Montross said.
“It’s important for the communities we serves to have access to such a broad range of vital services, and this is another way for us to bring the best possible care into our community,” Montross said. “Plus, this is just the beginning for this service, as we anticipate it to grow over time.”
The center – a not-for-profit collaboration of Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare Group – was founded in 1994. The center operates affiliate clinics in Allegan, Dowagiac, South Haven, Sturgis and Three Rivers, seeing approximately 4,000 new patients annually.
The center is affiliated with the Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan – a member of the National Cancer Institute Clinical Oncology Research Program – and is one of the nation’s first oncology practices to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
The center is accredited by the American College of Radiation Oncology, the American College of Radiology Imaging Network and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.