Looking Back and Running Forward
In 1994, Borgess Health Alliance and Bronson Healthcare Group opened the doors of West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders (WMCC) to the residents of Kalamazoo and surrounding counties. This fulfilled the hospitals’ joint vision to provide a state-of-the-art treatment facility for the community. The new center immediately made a lasting and positive difference in the health and lives of area residents.The collaboration ensured that the best treatment capabilities, which were also the most expensive, could be acquired through cost sharing. The community is the primary beneficiary, with a center that rivals the most advanced academic centers anywhere.
Today, WMCC sees approximately 4,000 new patients annually. Through continuing investments in technology and clinical excellence, patients are experiencing benefits of earlier detection and more effective treatment procedures. As a result, we are able to treat and beat more cancers and hematologic diseases, and ensure a better quality of life for survivors.
WMCC employs more than 260 people who together have created a totally unique clinical environment to ensure the most effective fight against the disease. Our doctors, nurses and staff inspire hope and confidence through their attitudes and outlooks. Happily, it isn’t just wishful thinking. We are winning against more types of cancers today than at any other time in history.
And we’re not doing it alone. Our community has the most generous and gifted volunteers one could imagine. At WMCC, our volunteers brighten the day of all who walk through our doors. Greeters offer assistance, our well-received coffee cart volunteers share refreshments, and even a pet therapy program brings comfort. To assist patients as they re-engage in life, WMCC offers complimentary classes including healing yoga, Survivorcise and SurvivorWise, a cooking education partnership with KVCC that focuses on healthy choices in the kitchen.
In WMCC’s quest to be nationally recognized for quality cancer care, we have pursued and received accreditations for quality care by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with its Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) certification. Our breast cancer clinic is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
We have great plans for the immediate future. Before another decade passes by, we will deploy even more sophisticated technologies for detection and treatment of cancer and blood diseases. We will continue to handpick the best and the brightest doctors and staff. We will ensure our community, neighbors, and families have every tool possible to fight their personal challenges with illness.
The WMCC vision is to deliver exceptional, comprehensive and integrated care to patients throughout our region.
Our mission is to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life for our patients.