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Assisted Breathing Center

Jon, Assisted Breathing Center Patient

A relentless will to participate in life It is a few days before Jon will celebrate his 54th birthday, much as he has marked other milestones and holidays for the past 20 years: in his room in the Assisted Breathing Center at Metro Health – University of Michigan Health. Jon is unable to move or Read More

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Additional Resources

If you are seeking information or assistance regarding specific breathing conditions, these links may be helpful. ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association promotes awareness and understanding of ALS by providing up-to-date information and educational materials to the ALS community. International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations includes over Read More

Advanced Technology

The UM Health-West Assisted Breathing Center team uses advanced and tested technology to assist patients in their daily lives. These devices make it easier for patients to breathe and communicate with staff and family members. Each device complements our personalized care, helping patients gain the best quality of life and instant access to the assistance they Read More

Our Experts

UM Health-West’s Assisted Breathing Center is known throughout the region for our expert ability to wean patients from dependence on a ventilator. We are one of the only units in West Michigan to offer in-room bedside hemodialysis, providing streamlined, high-quality care for our patients. We address all the needs of the patient with a multidisciplinary Read More

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the UM Health-West Assisted Breathing Center, patients must meet the following criteria: Existing tracheostomy and ventilator dependent for at least 6 hours a day Requiring frequent acute care intervention related to respiratory needs Co-morbidities exist that require frequent medical monitoring including, but not limited to: Intermediate or continuous dialysis Read More

Assisted Breathing Center

A warm, caring environment and one of the leading programs of its kind in Michigan, the Assisted Breathing Center provides around-the-clock care, activities and rehabilitation for people who are ventilator-dependent due to disease, injury or other conditions. An essential part of program is a dedication to helping patients reach their fullest potential by treating the Read More