What is West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders?
How does WMCC Benefit Southwest Michigan?
What services are provided at WMCC?
What if a patient needs both radiation therapy and chemotherapy?
Will patients have to see their family physicians during treatment?
Will patients need to visit the hospital for blood work or other tests?
Is someone at WMCC available to answer billing or insurance questions?
What if a day trip won’t work out?
Who arranges Home Care or Hospice Services?
What are clinical trials and how is WMCC involved in them?
What if a patient has trouble getting to an appointment?
Can I pay my bill online?
West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders (WMCC) is a cooperative program for treatment of the two major healthcare facilities in the Kalamazoo area, Bronson Healthcare and Ascension Borgess. WMCC consolidates treatment services formerly located throughout the area, and is housed in a modern building in the Arcadia Commons section of downtown Kalamazoo. Both Ascension Borgess and Bronson continue to provide hospital-based medical and surgical services for patients.
WMCC provides a long list of benefits to the area. First, it brings the most advanced treatment to the area and places it under one roof. Second, since WMCC is a cooperative program between Ascension Borgess and Bronson, it enables both facilities to avoid duplication and apply much needed funds to other areas of health care.
The center combines almost every necessary service involved with the treatment of cancer & blood diseases. Medical, radiation, gynecologic and surgical oncology departments provide treatment. Patients and their families also have access to WMCC’s pharmacists, social workers, and registered dietitians. In addition, we can help coordinate financial counseling, home care and family housing for out-of-town patients.
West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders is one of the few facilities in the area to offer both radiation therapy and chemotherapy on-site. Not only can patients receive both treatments at the same location, our staff can coordinate sessions for convenience and effectiveness.
The physicians at WMCC will stay in close contact with family physicians throughout treatment. However, patients should see their doctors for checkups or unrelated conditions.
Most blood work is performed at the center and results are developed in our own lab. It’s an added convenience for our patients, and it allows us to determine treatments quickly.
Our on-site financial counselors are ready to answer any questions concerning payment or insurance. They are experts in finding solutions and sorting through red tape.
We can help arrange for an overnight stay for patients and their families at the Hospital Hospitality House, which is free. Or we have corporate rates at the Radisson Plaza Hotel.
Area hospice and home health providers can coordinate home care, nurse visits or hospice stays.
Clinical trials are nationwide tests on advanced treatment drugs and techniques. WMCC is affiliated with the Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan (CRCWM), a member of the National Cancer Institute Clinical Oncology Research Program (NCORP). The results and resources are available to our patients.
WMCC can help to arrange transportation through the American Cancer Society and other agencies if necessary. When you schedule your first treatment, remember to inform the scheduler and social worker that you may need transportation assistance. To reach a social worker, please call 269-373-7446, 269-384-8629 or 269-384-8686.
Yes. Click on MyWMCC and log into your account. If you don’t have an account, you can set one up, easily and quickly.