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July 15, 1994 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-07-15

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Four Groups Unite
To Make Cancer Fail

RUTH LITTMANN STAFF WRITER

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our Detroit medical insti-
tutions recently joined
forces to create one of the
largest cancer centers in the
country.
Late last month, the Michigan
Cancer Foundation, Meyer L. Pren-
tis Comprehensive Cancer Center
of Metropolitan Detroit, the Detroit
Medical Center and Wayne State
University signed agreements to
unite their cancer programs under
a single organization.
Leaders of the different groups
say the merger will save money
while bolstering the area's fight
against a disease that kills 19,500

save on equipment costs, they
say.
The merger formalizes a part-
nership that began in 1978. It ac-
celerated about two years ago
when clinical oncologist Dr.
Vainutis Vaitkevicius became
MCF president.
For the time being, Dr. "Vee"
— who, 12st April was named Sci-
entist Of the Year by Bar-Ilan
University's Cancer AIDS and
Immunology Research Institute
— will direct the alliance with Dr.
Richard Santen. Dr. Santen
serves as chairman of internal
medicine at WSU School of Med-

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Michigan resi- institutions
dents each year. will join
"We have rec- forces.
ognized our col-
lective stren-
gths. We have Dr. Vainutis
forged a united Vaitkevicius
front in this
campaign," said David Her-
melin, chairman of the new
organization's development
oversight committee. "And
we are going to make can-
cer fail."
The announcement of
the merger came June 27,
at a public gathering out-
side the Michigan Cancer
Foundation building The
forum included speeches
by Gov. John Engler and Mayor
Dennis Archer. Both applauded
the move.
The new alliance will operate
with nearly $300 million in can-
cer resources. It will be similar in
size to the Johns Hopkins Can-
cer Center in Baltimore, accord-
ing to the MCF.
Leaders say the affiance will
enable researchers to work more
closely with practitioners. Pa-
tients will benefit by faster re-
ferrals and more comprehensive
treatment. By working together,
the institutions will be able to

icine and physician-in-chief of the
Detroit Medical Center.
MCF is conducting a national
search for a permanent director
of the alliance, which will employ
nearly 1,000 persons. No layoffs
due to the merger are expected.
Dr. Robert Sokol, dean of WSU
School of Medicine, attended the
official signing ceremony last
month. He says the alliance will
fortify an already strong medical
partnership in Detroit.
"We've been living together for
a long time," Dr. Sokol said. "It's
about time we got married." ❑

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