May 12, 2020 In The News

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

  • GHCI is open for patients in treatment.
  • GHCI requires everyone to wear a mask in the facility. If you do not have a mask, we will provide you with one.
  • We are not cancelling treatments or essential appointments.
  • Effective immediately, we are allowing patients to have ONE visitor (age 16 and older) only if the patient needs assistance getting to their appointment or if the patient is a new consult.

Please call us at 810.762.8226 if you have questions.

All classes have been cancelled until further notice. In an effort to protect our patients currently in treatment, we are limiting the number of people coming into our building by cancelling non-essential programs and classes. We will re-evaluate this decision throughout the summer. Class participants will be informed of class restart dates. You also can check this webpage regularly for updates. If you have questions about the classes, please call Sue Root, director of Quality of Life programs, at 810.762.8022. 

Your health and safety is our highest priority. Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute is monitoring the coronavirus situation closely and has launched a webpage that contains current information regarding the coronavirus. As new information becomes available, we will update this page.

We will continue taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our patients.

Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, our medical team and administrators closely are following the guidelines and direction of the CDC as well as local and state public health experts. Rest assured we are taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Information about this outbreak is changing rapidly. To obtain the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, we recommend these resources:

Frequently asked questions about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a newly identified virus called coronavirus that first was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It since has spread to multiple locations worldwide. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  1. It is newly identified and health officials are still learning about it.
  2. Two other human coronaviruses – MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV – have caused severe illness.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the CDC, symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. These symptoms typically appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Other symptoms may include aches and pains, nasal congestion or runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea. Some people who are infected may not develop symptoms.

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe. Some people who are infected don’t develop any symptoms.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about one in six people with COVID-19 become seriously ill and have difficulty breathing. About 80 percent of those infected recover without special treatment.

How does the virus spread?

COVID-19 germs are spread like the common cold: from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth that may spread in the air or land on surfaces when a person coughs or sneezes. 

It also can spread by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

How long can the coronavirus linger on surfaces?

Medical experts don’t know for certain. Some studies show it lasts three hours on certain surfaces, up to 24 hours on other surfaces, and as long as nine days on another surface type.

What preventive steps can I take to reduce my risk?

  • Stay home when you are sick with a fever, cough or upper respiratory symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often, thoroughly, and frequently – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after coughing or sneezing, and after using the bathroom. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Apply the gel liberally and let it dry. It takes about 20 seconds for the sanitizer to work.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid large crowds (eg, sporting events, concerts, large community gatherings where people could be carrying the virus).  
  • Avoid shaking hands or hugging.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (phones, keys, light switches and doorknobs are easily forgotten areas to clean). Wear gloves when you disinfect and throw them away each time.

What should I do if I think I may have the coronavirus?

  • Call your primary care physician if you have a fever and other symptoms of a respiratory illness such as a cough or shortness of breath. 
  • In addition, contact your physician if you have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19, or if you recently traveled to an area that has an outbreak of the illness. Your physician can determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
  • Make sure you call before visiting your physician or an emergency department and alert them that you think you may have COVID-19. They will provide you with guidelines to follow and protection when you walk in the door. 
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.
  • You also can call the Genesee County Health Department at 810.257.3612.

Who is at greatest risk for contracting COVID-19?

The elderly and people with chronic health conditions such as lung disease, diabetes, asthma, heart disease or a weakened immune system are at highest risk. Cancer patients undergoing treatment as well as newly diagnosed patients and those in remission also are considered a high risk for contracting COVID-19. Those most vulnerable for having serious complications from COVID-19 should make sure they have an ample supply of their needed medications.

As a cancer patient, are there special precautions I should take?

The health and safety of our patients is our number one priority. Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute is monitoring COVID-19 closely and has implemented several precautionary measures for patients to ensure you can receive your needed treatments safely.  

We are screening patients for COVID-19 symptoms and are limiting visitors. If visitors have traveled overseas – or have a household member who has traveled – we are asking these visitors to postpone their visit.

In general, cancer patients should follow the same procedures as the rest of the population such as washing hands frequently and avoiding large crowds of people. Because cancer patients are considered a high risk for contracting COVID-19, the CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to decrease exposure to the virus.

If you are receiving cancer treatment that suppresses the immune system and you develop a fever and respiratory symptoms, call your oncologist immediately.

Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute will continue to make changes to its current procedures as the coronavirus situation evolves. Please check this website regularly for updates.

Should I wear a mask when I come in for treatment?

The CDC does not recommend face masks for healthy people as protection from respiratory diseases including COVID-19. A mask doesn’t help with prevention. It helps if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

The CDC recommends mask use for people who are sick and show symptoms of COVID-19. 

Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute may recommend masks for patients who are sick or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. 

Are there ways to strengthen my immune system?

  • Get plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation is one of the biggest ways of suppressing the immune system. If you are not getting a minimum of six to eight hours of sleep a night, scientific evidence demonstrates that the immune system may be compromised.
  • Exercise. Take a walk and get some fresh air.
  • Make healthy food choices. Approximately 70 percent to 80 percent of our immune system is in the gastrointestinal tract, which directly is impacted by the food we eat.
  • Stay up to date on vaccinations, including the flu vaccine.
  • Avoid smoke or smoking.
  • Make sure any other medical conditions you have are under control.
  • Try to reduce stress, which also is bad for the immune system.

What else should I know before I arrive for treatment at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute?

You may be prescreened for COVID-10 symptoms when you first enter the building and may be asked to wear a mask that we will provide.

If you have a fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath, contact your oncologist before your appointment.

In addition, to reduce the spread of infection, we are limiting visitors to one adult (at least 16 or older) who does not exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms and who has not recently traveled to a high-risk area. No one under the age of 16 will be allowed in the building.

Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute is taking additional precautions to protect our patients, employees and visitors. These include:

  • Screening patients, visitors and employees for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Limiting patient visitors to one adult (16 and older) during each patient visit.
  • Restricting incoming business or community visitors.
  • Limiting work meetings and activities on campus.
  • Not permitting anyone age 16 or younger inside the building.
  • Working closely with public health officials to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and remain proactive in ensuring patient, visitor and employee safety and protection.

May 1, 2020 In The News



Suzy Hosler
Executive Director
Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has awarded a grant of $25,000 to Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute (GHCI). These funds will be used to support the institute’s patient support services such as nutritional care and patient transportation to and from cancer treatment appointments.

“On behalf of our patients, staff and physicians at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, I would like to thank the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for its generous grant,” announces Suzy Hozler, executive director of Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute. “The funding will assist our patients with transportation, supplemental food support, and help with financial hardships patients may encounter, especially during these difficult times.”

Every year, thousands of Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute patients receive lifesaving care in a warm and welcoming setting. From aggressive treatments to state-of-the-art technology, Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute focuses on exceptional care, spiritual and emotional healing, and the best chance for a healthy, cancer-free tomorrow.

To learn more about the services and programs offered at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, call 810.762.8226.

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) serves the common good in Genesee County—building a strong community by engaging people in philanthropy and developing the community’s permanent endowment—now and for generations to come. CFGF helps donors support the causes they care about, today or through their estates. Since 1988 the Community Foundation has granted more than $130 million to nonprofit organizations to build a thriving community. CFGF serves Flint and all of Genesee County including its Community Funds in Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flushing and Grand Blanc.


March 12, 2020 In The News

All classes are canceled effective immediately until the beginning of May due to the current spread of COVID-19. We are limiting the number of people coming into our building by canceling non-essential programs and classes in an effort to protect patients currently in treatment.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at (810) 762-8022. Sue Root, Quality of Life Director

October 29, 2019 In The News
Sue Root (right), director of Quality of Life at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, accepted a check for $1,184.38 from Marilyn Maxwell (left) and Nancy Elledge (center) who oversaw a fundraiser for cancer programs at GHCI.


(GRAND BLANC, MI) “Everyone is touched by cancer in some way; that is why we chose to raise money for cancer programs at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute (GHCI),” announces Nancy Elledge of Grand Blanc.

She, along with more than 75 seniors from the Grand Blanc Senior Center, pooled their resources, time, creativity and money to host a day of exercise and fun with 100 percent of the proceeds going to GHCI patient programs.

“Every year, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we conduct some type of activity at the center,” Elledge reports. Usually it is on a much smaller scale. We’ll bake pink cupcakes or make signs to support a loved one with cancer. This year, we decided to go much bigger. We hadn’t organized a fundraising benefit before

“We were amazed at the outpouring of support!”

The event included a silent auction for dozens of gift baskets filled with items the senior center participants donated, a raffle for gifts packed inside pink bags, and an hour of exercise, followed by food, refreshments and a check presentation to GHCI for $1,184.38.

These funds will be used to support programs offered free of charge to patients at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute. Programs and classes include:

  • Creative Expression: an art class to relax the mind and have some fun
  • Advance Care Planning: a class to help you plan for your future medical care and give you and your family peace of mind
  • Beginning yoga and chair yoga
  • Cooking with Anne: food demonstration classes designed to help improve nutrition knowledge
  • Get it Out: express your thoughts, feelings and life experiences through journaling
  • Yoga: to manage stress, pain and fatigue
  • Look Good … Feel Better: helps women cope with appearance-related side effects of their cancer and regain their self-confidence
  • Lymphatic drain massage: improve flow and drainage by stimulating the lymphatic vessels
  • Meditation
  • Nutrition and cancer: learn to eat the right kinds of food during treatment to help you feel better and stay strong
  • Scrapbooking

Sue Root, director of Quality of Life programs at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, was presented with the check, and expressed her thanks to the crowd of some 75 people gathered to support the fundraising event at Grand Blanc Senior Center. “I am so touched by the efforts of the seniors in our community who selflessly chose to help our patients. They devoted countless hours to make this event successful. The check for $1,184.38 will help greatly in Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute efforts to offer a variety of free programs for our patients to help them during their treatment, recovery and healing process.”

The Grand Blanc Senior Center event was free. The money raised came from the raffles and gift bags, and “many people just stopped in to make a cash donation,” Elledge notes. “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people in our community. There are so many good people in the world.”

Elledge and her fundraising team say they are going to do another fundraiser next year for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s going to be even bigger!” she announces.


Pat Gruener, patient

Pat Gruener of Clio, began her cancer journey in May 2018 when “my life was put on hold.” She was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, her calendar was packed with activities – from golf to travel to family events. But, suddenly, it all was erased and replaced with doctors’ appointments and treatments.

What kept her sane and somewhat calm through the next year was Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute (GHCI) and her many new-found friends who provided support, encouragement and the best care possible,” Gruener announces.

“I felt at home immediately,” she says about GHCI. “I was so well taken care of.”

The survivor celebration included entertainment by StoweGood, a musical duo who perform uplifting music and share inspirational messages.

Gruener retold her story to a crowd of more than 200 cancer survivors who recently gathered at the Flint Institute of Arts to celebrate life. The event was hosted by Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute.

“We are celebrating the thousands of cancer survivors in our community who successfully have fought this disease,” announces Sue Root, director of Quality of Life at GHCI, who organized the event. “It truly is a gathering of support, inspiration and happiness.

“Our celebration is a time for cancer survivors and their loved ones to stand united in support of one another, to feel empowered and encouraged when looking into the future. It is very heartwarming to see so many survivors in one place, sharing their stories and enjoying their cancer-free life.”

The night of the celebration Gruener announced that her last treatment was completed that same day, and she was in remission. “Now I can start filling my calendar again with the things I love to do,” she smiled, and continued to smile the entire evening.

“Cancer is life-changing physically, emotionally and spiritually, but it encourages new relationships with new friends who will support each other for a lifetime,” she shares. “Keeping spirits up is such an important part of recovery. I’m so grateful for my Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute family.”

Paul Kocheril, MD

According to Paul Kocheril, MD, GHCI medical director and radiation oncologist, “Cancer treatments aren’t perfect, but the good news is five-year survival rates nationally have gone up. Two thirds of patients diagnosed with cancer survive at least five years. And there’s more good news: cancer deaths have declined 27 percent over the past 25 years.”

The survivor celebration included entertainment by StoweGood, a musical duo who perform uplifting music and share inspirational messages.

To learn more about the services of Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, go to call the institute at 810.762.8226.

July 19, 2018 In The News

(FLINT, MI) Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute is proud to announce an addition to its medical team. Radiation Oncologist Tushar Shah, MD, has joined Paul Kocheril, MD, and Collaborative Radiation Oncology, PLLC, in Flint.

Dr. Shah comes to Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute from St. Mary’s of Michigan. He has been in practice for more than 20 years. He completed his radiation oncology residency at Henry Ford Hospital, and his internship in general surgery at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is board certified in Radiation Oncology. Dr. Shah’s special interests include stereotactic radiotherapy and cancers of the prostate, breast and lung as well as GI malignancies.

He accepts many insurances.

The practice of Collaborative Radiation Oncology – Dr. Shah and Dr. Kocheril – is located at 302 Kensington Avenue in Flint, inside Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute. Dr. Kocheril and Dr. Shah bring a combined 47 years of specialized medical experience to the community. To reach their office, call 810.762.8490.

The Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute’s comprehensive range of radiation oncology treatment services include new technology such as the TrueBeam STx linear accelerator and BrainLab Novalis. Its arsenal of treatment capabilities also includes the Trilogy Linear Accelerator, Brilliance Big Bore CT Simulator, ACQSim CT Simulator, Treatment Planning Systems and High Dose Brachytherapy.

Patients at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute are in very capable hands knowing the institute offers the most advanced treatment options and in a close-to-home location.

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