GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After being the largest metropolitan city in the nation with only one option for open-heart surgery, patients in the Grand Rapids area will now have another choice for their cardiovascular care.
The Western Michigan Cardiovascular Network, consisting of Trinity Health St. Mary’s. Trinity Health Muskegon and UM Health-West opened an advanced operating room in Wyoming last week.
The operating room, located on the Wyoming campus of UM Health-West, has state-of-the-art imaging systems to help surgeons in all types of surgery, said Dr. Peter Hahn, president of UM Health. -West.
“I suspect it’s the most advanced operating room in the state,” Hahn told MLive/The Grand Rapids Press. “It’s over 1,000 square feet, so it’s almost double the size of an average operating room. He has really advanced equipment so you can perform minimally invasive open-heart valve replacements.
Patients receiving care from the Cardiovascular Network will have access to experts at the nationally ranked Frankel Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan.
“Many patients in Grand Rapids leave the area for (cardiovascular) care, so we are very happy to have the support of Michigan Medicine,” Hahn said.
Each patient will be assessed by a team of cardiologists from Trinity Health and UM Health to determine care plans.
Four surgeons from UM Health-West perform open-heart surgeries in the new operating room, all of whom are Michigan Medicine faculty members. The first operation of this type was performed in the operating theater last week.
“We treated our first open-heart case a week ago on Monday, and the patient was safely home on Saturday,” Hahn said.
“We also use the space for complex neurosurgery and lung procedures. The hybrid operating room really allows us to treat patients for a whole range of procedures.
West Michigan Cardiovascular Network executive director Dr. Himanshu Patel said the new operating room marks the start of a new era for patients in the Grand Rapids area.
“Above all, we are extremely excited about the opportunity to connect with more patients through the network and provide them with a better quality of life,” Patel said in a prepared statement.
“It couldn’t be more gratifying to start on such a positive note as we usher in this era of collaboration, choice, access and excellence for heart patients in West Michigan.”
Trinity Health Muskegon Hospital President Gary Allore said the operating room and multi-hospital cardiovascular network are just the beginning.
“We envision a leading regional program to address cardiovascular disease, which is still the number one cause of death in Michigan,” he said in a prepared statement. “We are focused on improving access to world-class care that meets the needs of the people we serve in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and throughout West Michigan.”
The Cardiovascular Network’s current expertise includes coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, aortic valve surgery, mitral valve surgery, aortic aneurysm treatment and cardiac ablation procedures.
“I think we bring world-class quality in terms of research and clinical expertise,” Hahn said. “Patients are really going to have transparent expertise.”
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