McLaren, Beaumont on the beam for treatment

By: Jay Greene of Crain's Detroit Business

Seven years after fierce battles over the need for multiple proton beam cancer centers, McLaren Health Care Corp.this spring expects to open the first proton beam therapy center in Michigan, next to its 458-bed McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint.

McLaren officials told Crain's they hope to conduct their first treatment on a prostate cancer patient in one of the three rooms that are part of the $50 million McLaren Proton Therapy Center.

But Troy-based Beaumont Health, which first proposed a $159 million proton beam center in 2008, isn't far behind. Beaumont plans to open a $40 million, single-room proton beam center in Royal Oak in spring 2017.

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