The Department of Cardiac Surgery at Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center of the University of Michigan, announced a professional services agreement with Mercy Health Cardiothoracic Services that will improve cardiothoracic services for patients throughout west Michigan.
This unique relationship brings together two of the state’s leading health care providers to:
- Provide opportunities for patients to access joint clinical consultations in cardiac surgery
- Allow immediate access to some of the world’s leading protocols in cardiovascular surgery
- Provide physicians options for ongoing case discussions and best practices
- Enhance patient care, including access to innovative clinical care models
The professional services agreement includes the appointments of two west Michigan-based cardiac surgeons -- Richard S. Downey, M.D. and Nabeel G. El-amir, M.D. -- to the Michigan Medicine faculty. This gives them the ability to collaborate with U-M's Frankel Cardiovascular Center team on complex cases, plus non-complex consultations. The two will continue to perform open heart surgery services in Muskegon.
As members of the U-M medical faculty, they can also participate in U-M medical education opportunities and U-M supported clinical trials.
They retain their clinical relationships with physicians in west Michigan.
“This collaboration is part of our continued commitment to enter affiliations with key health care providers, such as University of Michigan, 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.
“Both organizations share a commitment to excellence and to continuing offering care in a complex health care environment.”
"Michigan Medicine is a nationally recognized leader in cardiac surgery," said Richard L. Prager, M.D., U-M Richard and Norma Sarns Professor of Cardiac Surgery and a director of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. "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.”