KALAMAZOO, Mich.– West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders (WMCC) has entered into a formal affiliation agreement with Marshall-based Oaklawn Hospital.

Muhammad Rafi, MD

Muhammad Rafi, MD

Beginning July 20, WMCC 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 2E of the Wright Medical Building, 215 E. Mansion St., 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. WMCC also operates affiliate clinics in Allegan, Dowagiac, South Haven, Sturgis and Three Rivers, seeing approximately 4,000 new patients annually.