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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor receives $2 million anonymous gift to support cancer care services

Legacy gift from long-time donor will make life-changing difference for many

A $2 million gift from an anonymous donor was given to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor to support cancer care services at the hospital. The donation will be used to support growing cancer care needs in the community, including treatment options, research and support services.

“Our community’s support for cancer care is astounding – we are so grateful to our long-standing donor for making an extraordinary gift of $2 million and to the many generous donors who support our work,” said Philip J. Stella, MD, medical director of Oncology, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

The anonymous donor was one of the original benefactors of the hospital’s Robert H. and Judy Dow Alexander Cancer Center when it was constructed in 1993—becoming the area’s first comprehensive cancer center–and has continued to support St. Joe’s throughout the past nearly 25 years.

Since then, patient volumes at the cancer center have tripled to more than 3,400 annually. Treatment options have advanced dramatically, as well as the need for increased numbers of expert staff such as hematology and radiation oncology specialists, research staff and surgical specialists for all tumor types.

“We’ve gone from eight to 15 hematology and radiation oncology specialists and from three to 27 research staff, as well as added surgical specialists for all tumor types,” explained Dr. Stella. “We’ve been recognized as the nation’s best community research program; added genetic counseling, multidisciplinary clinics, and a leading da Vinci® surgery program; and we’re the home of Michigan’s first CyberKnife® and first nurse navigator program.”

For those in the community who have been directly affected by cancer, this donation promises to advance patient experience and outcomes.

“For my family and for me, St. Joe’s has always been an important place and an important cause,” said Judy Dow Rumelhart, for whom the cancer center at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is named. “As a donor and as chair of St. Joe’s Cancer Care Campaign in the early 1990s, it means the world to me each time a fellow donor, especially one who partnered in our efforts 25 years ago, makes an investment in the cause – in the patients who will continue to come to St. Joe’s Cancer Center seeking the best medical treatment, compassion and hope.”

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 13,400 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $1.9 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health, a leading Catholic health care system based in Livonia, Mich. Trinity Health operates in 22 states, employs about 97,000 people, has annual operating revenues of about $15.8 billion and assets of about $23.4 billion. Additionally, the organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.

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