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Spectrum Health’s mission is to provide personalized and comprehensive care for a wide range of complex cardiac conditions. Our exemplary and highly experienced cardiothoracic surgeons work together to provide the highest quality cardiac surgery care to the thousands of Michiganders we treat every year. In fact, we perform the highest volume of adult open-heart surgeries in the state. 

We see each patient as an individual, which means better care, especially designed for you. We are proud to offer expertise in a full spectrum of cardiothoracic care, including traditional open-heart surgery and robotic-assisted surgery. 

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Robotic-assisted surgery

Spectrum Health was the first West Michigan hospital to offer da Vinci® cardiac procedures. Robotic assistance allows qualifying patients to have smaller incisions, eliminating the need to split the breastbone. This technique speeds recovery, creates less scarring and allows a faster return to normal activities.

Heart and lung surgery procedures

We are West Michigan’s transplant center, offering innovative and the highest quality care for heart transplants, lung transplants and ventricular assist devices. Our programs are critical to the region as they eliminate the hardship faced by families and patients who must travel to other cities for transplant and ventricular assist device surgery. West Michigan residents who need these time-sensitive and advanced procedures can do so close to home.

Example cardiothoracic care team

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Cardiothoracic Surgeon

I’m a doctor who specializes in surgeries of the heart, lungs and other organs of the chest.

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Advanced Practice Provider

A nurse practitioner or physician assistant, working under the supervision of a doctor.

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Cardiothoracic RN

I provide the necessary patient education for surgery, when needed.

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Patient Services Representative

I’ll be a friendly voice to help schedule your appointment around your busy life.

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Medical Assistant

Documents vital signs to assist your provider and helps schedule surgery.

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