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Health systems sign services agreement

February 15, 2017
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Roger Spoelman Mercy Health Michigan Medicine cardiac agreement
Roger Spoelman discusses the cardiac services agreement between Mercy Health and Michigan Medicine. Courtesy Mercy Health

A health system has partnered with a university health system to improve cardiothoracic care in the region.

Mercy Health cardiothoracic surgery and the department of cardiac surgery at Michigan Medicine, of the University of Michigan, said this week they’ve entered into a professional services agreement.

“This collaboration is part of our continued commitment to enter affiliations with key health care providers, such as Michigan Medicine, to bring the best care and access to West Michigan,” said Roger Spoelman, president and CEO, Mercy Health. “Together, we will continue to strengthen the level of health care in this region.”

The agreement

Through the partnership, Mercy Health and Michigan Medicine will provide patient access to joint clinical consultations in cardiac surgery, allow immediate access to top protocols in cardiovascular surgery, provide physicians with a wider range of options for case discussion and practices and enhance overall patient care.

West Michigan-based physicians Richard Downey and Nabeel El-amir will be appointed to the Michigan Medicine cardiac surgery facility. Downey and El-amir will have the ability to collaborate with Michigan Medicine’s heart team on complex cases, while still performing open-heart surgery in Muskegon and retaining their clinical relationships with physicians in the region. They will also have the opportunity to participate in U-M medical education opportunities and supported clinical trials.

“Collaborating with Mercy Health allows us to bring Mercy Health patients a team of doctors and researchers who continue to make significant advances in cardiovascular surgery,” said Richard Prager, Richard and Norma Sarns professor of cardiac surgery and Frankel Cardiovascular Center director, Michigan Medicine.

Mercy Health

Mercy Health performs more than 350 heart surgeries annually and offers cardiovascular services, including coronary artery bypasses, valve repair and replacement, angioplasties and stenting and more.

Comprising five hospital campuses and more than 60 doctor offices, Mercy Health is a Catholic health system serving West Michigan.

A member of Trinity Health, Mercy Health employs more than 1,300 staff physicians and has more than 800 hospital beds.

Frankel Cardiovascular Center

The Michigan Medicine Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center treats more than 6,000 hospital inpatients and 35,000 outpatients annually at its five-story facility in Ann Arbor.

The center includes operating rooms, clinics, inpatient beds and indoor and outdoor healing gardens.

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