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Cardiovascular Network of West Michigan celebrates 200th heart surgery milestone

The Cardiovascular Network of West Michigan reached a significant milestone, successfully completing its 200th open-heart surgery procedure at University of Michigan Health-West. This achievement was marked April 4, 2024 by Dr. Alphonse DeLucia III and comes just 18 months after the program’s launch in October 2022.

The Cardiovascular Network of West Michigan is a joint operating agreement that leverages the expertise of Trinity Health Muskegon, Trinity Health Grand Rapids, UM Health-West, and more than 125 years of cardiovascular leadership from University of Michigan Health in Ann Arbor. It provides patients with access to leading treatments and surgical techniques, significantly enhancing the quality of cardiac care in the region.

UM Health-West president, Dr. Ronald Grifka said the Network’s success confirms that the cardiac surgery program is addressing a critical necessity for the fastest-growing region of the state.

“The fact that we performed 200 surgeries in 18 months shows West Michigan needed more options in the fight against heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death,” Grifka said. “We are making a direct impact on the quality of life for our patients across the region.”

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Alphonse DeLucia, MD and Kaely Crawford, PA-C in the cardiovascular operating room.