New cancer clinic opens in Escanaba

What's happening: A new cancer clinic opened its doors on Monday, May 20, benefiting the Delta County area. The Daniel J. Kobasic Cancer Clinic is located at the OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba and provides additional oncology and hematology services. The new center allowed the hospital to expand its oncology options and helps provide one designated location in the fight against cancer on the OSF campus. 

How it was funded: Funding came from multiple sources, including $1.5 million in federal funds and another $1 million from the Daniel J. Kobasic Foundation. Federal funds came first after it was included as part of a spending bill spearheaded by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, allowing additional fundraising through the Kobasic Foundation. Daniel J. Kobasic was an Escanaba entrepreneur and Vietnam veteran who died of pancreatic cancer in 2017. His foundation helps with numerous activities in the Escanaba area and provides scholarships for students seeking trades and nursing opportunities.  

What they're saying: “We are thrilled that this day has finally arrived,” says Kelly Jefferson, president of OSF St. Francis. “We are truly grateful to Senator Peters, the Daniel J. Kobasic Foundation and the many donors for their commitment to Delta County and the patients we serve. This beautiful facility will serve our community for many years to come.” 

What's next: The Kobasic Cancer Clinic is fully up and running, with local staff and additional help from Green Bay Oncology. Those that are in need of cancer screenings or looking to transfer care can contact OSF St. Francis.
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