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Chemotherapy and Infusion: Now in Chelsea
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CHELSEA, MI - Chelsea Community Hospital is pleased to announce it will open a new Infusion Center on November 1, which will provide chemotherapy and other outpatient infusion services for residents of Chelsea and the surrounding communities.

The Center was developed in collaboration with Ann Arbor Hematology Oncology Associates, PC, a physician practice that specializes in the care of patients with blood disorders and cancer. Located on the second floor of the Professional Building on the Chelsea Community Hospital campus, the Center overlooks the peaceful, wooded setting that the Hospital enjoys. It includes physician offices and exam rooms as well as six infusion bays.

Katie Beekman, MD, as Medical Director, oversees the Chelsea program and is now seeing patients in her office in the Infusion Center. “My husband and I moved to Chelsea in 2006 and liked it so much we decided to raise our family here so it is especially gratifying to be able to provide this service,” she said. “I have been very impressed by the commitment of both the CCH and the residents of this community to help make the Infusion Center happen.”

The Center is also staffed by highly experienced and certified oncology nurses and a nurse practitioner. The Infusion Center is a first step toward the Hospital’s goal of providing more expanded cancer treatment services in the future.

“The opening of the Infusion Center is very exciting for our Hospital,” said Kathleen Griffiths, President and CEO of CCH. “We’re proud to provide these important services to our communities. Ann Arbor Hematology Oncology Associates are highly respected experts in their field. These services have been needed in our community for a long time, and we are so pleased that the Center is finally a reality. We are also very grateful for the tremendous community support that helped make this possible.”

Ann Arbor Hematology Oncology Associates includes the following physicians:

· Katie W. Beekman, M.D., Medical Director of the CCH Infusion Center
· Philip J. Stella, M.D., Program Director for Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Cancer Programs
· Elaine G. Chottiner, M.D.
· Andrew C. Eisenberg, M.D.
· John C. Krauss, M.D.
· Jerome D. Winegarden, M.D.
· Niklas Mackler, M.D.
· Pamela C. Fisher, P.A.-C.
· Kathryn L. Eisenberg, M.S.N., O.C.N.
· Christopher M. Reynolds, M.D.

For more information about the Chelsea Community Hospital Infusion Center, please call 734-433-4507.

About Chelsea Community Hospital

Chelsea Community Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital established in 1970. Located in Chelsea, Michigan, CCH recently merged with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. CCH is nationally recognized for both quality of care and patient satisfaction by national ranking organization Press Ganey, and is accredited by the Joint Commission. CCH attracts more than 300 physicians in almost all disciplines, with leading edge technology, including the largest and strongest MRI in Michigan. Employing 1050 full- and part-time staff, CCH reported $96,471,284 in unrestricted revenue in fiscal year 2008. As a not-for-profit hospital, Chelsea Community Hospital reinvests its profits back into the community through programs to serve the poor and uninsured, manage chronic conditions like diabetes, health education and promotion initiatives, and outreach for the elderly. In Fiscal Year 2008, this included nearly $520,000 in such community benefits. Please visit for more information on the many programs and services offered at CCH.

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.