Henry Ford Health System will build a $110 million cancer center in Detroit as part of a $500 million expansion and neighborhood improvement project spanning 300 acres, officials said Monday.

The planned five-story, 144,000 square-foot cancer center in the city’s New Center neighborhood will include a rooftop garden and skywalk to connect it to Henry Ford Hospital. The center will consolidate cancer care services on the hospital’s south campus near W. Grand Boulevard and north of I-94. Officials expected to break ground in spring 2016 and open the center in summer 2018.

During the past eight years, Henry Ford’s cancer patient volume increased 16% for outpatient services and 31% for inpatient services, officials said. Approximately 5,500 new cancer patients are treated annually at Henry Ford, which has one of the largest programs in Michigan.

Health center officials said that patients should feel more comfortable with ambulatory cancer treatment and support services under a single roof as the hospital marks its centennial in Detroit this fall.

“I think a number of health systems have recognized the unique needs of patients with cancer” who oftentimes undergo lengthier treatment sessions over a longer period of time than other patients, said Henry Ford Hospital President and CEO Dr. John Popovich Jr. He added that currently, the health system’s cancer services are too spread-out and not focused enough on the patient experience.

Other features in the new center will include express services through urgent care designed for cancer patients as well as extended hours of care throughout the week.

Other patient services seek to increase attention given from nurses, financial advisers and those providing comfort at the end of life. For those undergoing chemotherapy, there will be on-site exercise, fitness and nutrition planning along with yoga and Eastern medicine and cooking classes. Personal spaces will be used for lounging and accessing computers. Other space will allow patients to speak with research nurses about clinical trial opportunities

In an interview Monday, Dr. Popovich said the health system is already a significant player in the marketplace to provide cancer-related services.

“Our estimates are that we have a market share of about 17% in cancer services in the region, or almost one out of every five patients,”  Popovich said, adding that the health system has about 9% market share throughout the state.

Along with the cancer center, future projects call for green space, commercial, retail and housing development. Within the 300-acre neighborhood, Henry Ford will invest in roughly 30 acres, and continue to work to attract businesses, like Cardinal Health, and other developments to the area.

“It’s not only paved the way for new development in the city, but eliminated blight by demolishing 100 vacant structures throughout the 300-acre neighborhood,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement.

This summer, the $30 million Cardinal Health Distribution Center opened on the site with 100 employees.

“With more than 100 years in the city, we’re thrilled to be moving into our next century in Detroit with a project that symbolizes optimism for the future and the promise of continued economic renewal,” Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting said in a statement.

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