St. Joseph Mercy Brighton Cancer Center unveils new equipment

(Left to right) Jane Strudgeon, manager, Radiation Oncology, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS); Beth LaVasseur, executive director, Oncology, SJMHS; Derek Yaldo, chief medical physicist, SJMHS; Dr. George T. Henning, III, Radiation Oncology, SJMHS; John O'Malley, president, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and Brighton; Dr. Kimberly Morley, Medical Oncology, SJMHS; and Bridgett Young, manager, outpatient nursing, Radiation Oncology, SJMHS.

St. Joseph Mercy Brighton Cancer Center unveiled its new Varian True Beam Linear Accelerator on June 26, 2018, during an open house and celebration in honor of National Cancer Survivors Month. The machine, a fully-integrated system that offers image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery, treats cancer anywhere in the body where radiation treatment is indicated, including the lung, breast, prostate, head and neck.

The gathering included a tour of the Radiation Oncology unit at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton Cancer Center, located at 7575 Grand River Ave. in Brighton.

The St. Joe’s Brighton Cancer Center has cared for area residents living with cancer since its opening more than 12 years ago. The unveiling of the new linear accelerator will ensure that comprehensive cancer care remains available close to home, in the Livingston community, for decades to come.

The linear accelerator is part of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System’s $41 million transformation investment into Livingston County.

These investments include:

  • St. Joe’s Brighton: A new 24/7 Short Stay Center with 18 private rooms and six private bays, new breast imaging center, new operating room, expanded specialty center, new Joe’s Java Café, expanded food options and gift shop, emergency department rapid treatment program and pediatric telemedicine technologies for the emergency department.
  • St. Joe’s Livingston: A new surgical suite with three advanced operating rooms, da Vinci® Si robotic surgery system, sleep disorder center, Joe’s Java Café, cafeteria and gift shop.
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