Cancer, Reed City Hospital
Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center Completes Pharmacy Expansion
REED CITY, Mich., December 15, 2022 – Patients from across central and northern Michigan will benefit from increased access after a $3 million pharmacy expansion at the Corewell Health™, formerly Spectrum Health, Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center in Reed City.
The expansion is part of a larger $14.9 million project that will renovate all hazardous compounding spaces in Corewell Health facilities across West Michigan.
The addition of a second chemotherapy hood along with an additional exam room will support meeting the growing needs of the 35 to 50 patients who visit the cancer center each day for chemotherapy and other infusion therapy.
“The expansion improves services available for patients in our communities,” said cancer center operations manager Samantha Triplett. “This allows improved patient access for outpatient services to keep people out of emergency rooms and hospitals.”
In addition to chemotherapy, the pharmacy supports treatment of outpatient immunotherapy infusions, iron infusion and hydration for obstetric or post-surgical patients.
The pharmacy expansion includes new redundant air handling equipment for team members’ safety, new compounding hoods, a separate HVAC system and more space for team members and other equipment.
“The expansion gives us more space for better organization of supplies, improved equipment and allows for growth in the future, both for patient care, more medication supplies on hand, as well as possible increased staffing in the future,” Triplett said.
The center’s old pharmacy space is being renovated into a new clinical space and one exam room to meet patient demand.
“We have patients that come from all over Michigan, including the upper peninsula, to receive treatment at our facility,” Triplett said. “We serve such a wide range of communities. It’s amazing how many patients make the drive to our location.”
About Corewell Health West
Corewell Health West, formerly Spectrum Health, is a not-for-profit health system serving 13 counties in West Michigan. Corewell Health West is a region of Corewell Health™, formerly the BHSH System (Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health) that provides care and coverage with an exceptional team of 60,000+ dedicated people—including more than 11,500 physicians and advanced practice providers and more than 15,000 nurses providing care and services in 22 hospitals, 300+ outpatient locations and several post-acute facilities—and Priority Health, a provider-sponsored health plan serving over 1.2 million members. Through experience and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness. For more information, visit corewellhealth.org or spectrumhealth.org.
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