NEW YORK – The Henry Ford Cancer Institute and Henry Ford Health System in Michigan on Wednesday opened the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion with the goal of increasing cancer patients' access to precision oncology.
The new pavilion will house specialty clinics for 14 cancer types, a precision medicine program, a stem cell transplant and cellular therapy clinic, a clinical trials office, and a variety of other services. Philanthropist Mort Harris donated $20 million for the cancer pavilion and another $20 million to specifically advance Henry Ford's precision medicine, brain cancer, and pancreatic cancer programs. Harris' donations are in honor of his late wife Brigitte, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2016.
The Henry Ford Cancer Institute provides care at five hospitals within the Henry Ford Health System and treats approximately 10,000 new patients each year.
"Henry Ford Cancer Institute is the first and most comprehensive in Michigan to offer integrated genomic testing and treatment expertise to all cancer patients," David Kwon, physician-in-charge at the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion, said in a statement. "Precision medicine is just one of the ways we ensure that care is tailored to each unique patient."