How We Care For You or Your Child
The Congenital Heart Center team features board-certified congenital cardiologists and congenital cardiothoracic surgeons. Other team members include experienced congenital cardiology advanced practice providers and nurses. In addition, our team works closely with other subspecialties and departments at Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, including intensive care, pulmonology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, radiology, sedation and child life services, to provide coordinated and comprehensive care.
Meet Our Care Team
What Can I Expect From My Care Team?
We aim to treat all families and patients with compassion and respect, to the highest possible standard of care, within a single department, from fetal diagnosis to old age, as close as possible to home.
Patient Care Journey
Transitioning From Pediatric to Adult Care
Thanks to advances in medical, transcatheter and surgical therapies, children born with a heart defect are now expected to live well into adulthood. We begin the process of preparing pediatric patients for the transition to adult care around age 12. Our approach to this transition features four milestone goals--helping patients understand their diagnosis and complexity of care, helping patients gain independence, making the move to adult care, and self-management.
When little Mary Chittle's heart stopped, a team of doctors, nurses and prayer warriors joined forces to get it beating again.
Christopher Cranson's scar reminds him of his congenital heart defect, but he's not conceding to limitations.