MidMichigan Ushers in a New Era in Heart and Vascular Care
Public Invited to Brief Virtual Tour of New Heart and Vascular Center
After three years of construction, the new Heart and Vascular Center on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland is now complete. To celebrate the opening of the new Center, the public is invited to view a brief virtual tour of the new facility on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. The tour can be viewed at MidMichigan’s Facebook page at www.facebook/midmichigan or through MidMichigan’s website at www.midmichigan.org/heartandvascularcenter
“This is an exciting time in the history of our Medical Center and health system. In August 2007, we performed our first open heart surgery, marking a new era in our health system’s history. Today, we celebrate the achievement of yet another milestone with the opening of our new state-of-the-art Heart and Vascular Center,” said Greg Rogers, president of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland and executive vice president of MidMichigan Health. “This milestone demonstrates our ongoing commitment to fighting heart disease, which remains the nation’s leading cause of death for men and women.”
The 170,700-square-foot Center consolidates all of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland’s heart and vascular physician offices and specialty clinics. It also houses cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services and provides streamlined access to cardiovascular testing, as well as interventional and surgical heart and vascular services.
“Our new Center provides a convenient, connected and coordinated experience, making it as simple as possible for our patients and their families to navigate ongoing heart and vascular care and treatment,” continued Rogers. “Across all of our programs and services, we are committed to providing excellent patient experiences and getting our patients well and back to their lives with easier access, better communication and the best possible outcomes.”
In 2019, MidMichigan had more than 82,000 outpatient heart and vascular visits and more than 4,000 inpatient heart and vascular discharges. “Sixty-two percent of our overall heart patients came from outside Midland County, making MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland a destination facility for heart and vascular care,” said Rogers.
With the exception of heart transplants, all other open heart procedures can be performed at the Medical Center in Midland. Heart transplants are performed through MidMichigan’s partner Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. Additionally, MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland offers the same level of advanced technology found at large academic medical centers. These include state-of-the-art operating rooms, hybrid operating rooms, diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization labs, electrophysiology labs, expertise in minimally-invasive structural heart procedures, as well as an advanced Vascular Lab and Echocardiography Department that are accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) and staffed by a dedicated team of technicians.
This comprehensive Center allows for expedited diagnosis and treatment planning, often within the same day, which enhances the quality of care. It also promotes collaborative care with providers and improves access to advanced clinical trials.
According to Sunita Vadakath, M.D., vice president of service lines for MidMichigan Health, the Center was specifically designed to provide coordinated holistic care in a calm and healing environment. “Indoor healing gardens, areas for quiet reflection, and an atrium-style lobby which provides an abundance of natural light, are just some of the features geared toward our patients and visitors,” said Dr. Vadakath. “The Center unites all of our heart and vascular physicians, advanced practice providers, programs and services under one roof. Not only do our patients no longer have to travel to different locations for care, it provides a more seamless, coordinated patient experience.”
The expanded array of heart and vascular services, featuring top-notch physicians, advanced practice providers and specially-trained nurses and technicians, complimented by the latest in technology, has elevated MidMichigan’s Heart and Vascular Program throughout the region and beyond. In fact, MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2017 by Truven Health AnalyticsTM, an IBM company. The Medical Center was cited for its outstanding performance in inpatient and extended clinical outcomes, clinical processes, efficiency, and cost for the most common cardiovascular conditions.
“From outpatient visits and testing to surgery and recovery, our Heart and Vascular Center serves as a central location for coordinated, high-quality heart and vascular care from our experienced, highly-skilled medical and surgical teams,” said Cardiovascular Service Line Chief William Felten, M.D. “We provide a full range of heart care from emergency intervention and minimally invasive procedures to open-heart surgery and advanced clinical trials. We are also committed to producing positive outcomes and unmatched patient care. Our multidisciplinary approach to patient care includes regular group consultations, as well as an open office environment to encourage ongoing provider collaboration. In all cases, our goal is to partner with our patients throughout the entire care process, from prevention to early diagnosis and treatment, to rehabilitation and ongoing disease management.”
Phase one of this $62.8 million two-part construction project was completed last year in June 2019 with the opening of the new Orchard Building. This building, which is attached to the Heart and Vascular Center, houses support services including laboratory, diagnostic imaging and cardiovascular testing. For phase two, the Heart and Vascular Center, $30 million was dedicated to this project, of which MidMichigan Health Foundation raised $15 million in philanthropic funds to cover nearly half the cost.
“We are extremely grateful to receive the commitment and generosity from our region toward yet another important project that will help so many people,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., FACHE, president and CEO, MidMichigan Health. “We appreciate all the support received from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation and the Dow Company Foundation. A special thanks also goes out to the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Isabella Bank, Midland Area Community Foundation, the volunteers at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland Gift Shop, TCF Bank, Three Rivers Corporation Foundation, and hundreds of businesses and individuals. We thank them not only for their contribution to our Heart and Vascular Center, but for all they do to enhance the quality of life for those in the geographic areas MidMichigan Health serves.”
Those interested in more information on MidMichigan’s comprehensive cardiovascular program may visit www.midmichigan.org/heart.