Total care when and where you need it
Our team of nearly 100 specialists has the capability to address every aspect of heart and vascular expertise you may need throughout your lifetime. This expansive team of experts comes together for real-time consultations to determine the best course of treatment for our patients at the Meijer Heart Center and at convenient Spectrum Health locations and partner hospitals throughout the region. The Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute (FMH&VI) has been the cornerstone for this level of coordinated care. Through another major gift from Fred and Lena Meijer in 2010, the institute was formed by Spectrum Health heart and vascular physicians to create a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to care delivered throughout the region. Our team of experts has earned the respect and trust of patients and referring physicians as the beacon for high-quality care and exceptional patient experience.
Meet the specialists
Doctors who have had extra training to treat problems of the heart and blood vessels. A cardiologist diagnoses and treats diseases of the heart and blood vessels, including heart attack, heart failure, valve problems and heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias).
Doctors who perform surgeries on the heart and other organs in the chest (thorax), including open heart surgery and heart and lung transplants.
Physicians who focus on your heart’s timing or electrical system and diagnose and treat irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias.
Heart Failure Specialists
Doctors who are experts in the treatment of advanced heart failure. The condition is considered advanced when conventional heart therapies and symptom management strategies are no longer effective.
Physicians with advanced training in noninvasive cardiovascular imaging, including CT and MRI as well as catheter procedures guided by imaging for minimally invasive treatment.
Vascular and Endovascular Specialists
Specialists in arterial and venous disease. They treat all types of circulatory diseases that affect arteries and veins, including peripheral artery disease, renal artery disease, aortic aneurysm and carotid artery disease.
Congenital Heart Specialists
Physicians who care for patients of all ages that were born with a heart defect.
Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Team
Specialists that help patients boost physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms and lower the risk for future heart problems.
Specially Trained Nurses
Nurses who specialize in treating seriously ill patients. These nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support and specially trained in treating heart disease.
Helping more patients than ever before
Spectrum Health is the leader for adult inpatient cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery in the state of Michigan.1 What does this mean to you as a patient? Studies indicate that patients have better outcomes at centers that have the most experience.
We lead Michigan in the number of:
- Open heart surgeries, including bypass surgery
- Pacemakers/implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) — devices to stabilize irregular heart rhythms
- Percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) — a non-surgical method of opening blocked arteries
- Ablations — the process of treating an arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, which involves a catheter (a very thin, flexible tube) inserted into the heart through a vessel in the groin or arm. The catheter is moved to the site of the arrhythmia, where the abnormal electrical rhythm is silenced.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs — an aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of a blood vessel that causes abnormal widening or ballooning in the abdominal portion of the aorta.
1. Discharge volumes for cardiovascular thoracic (CVT) rankings: Michigan Inpatient Database (MIDB) and Michigan Outpatient Database (MODB), FY14, July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014.
Trailblazing cardiovascular care for more than 50 years
West Michigan’s first open-heart surgery
West Michigan’s first coronary artery bypass
West Michigan’s first balloon angioplasty
West Michigan’s first implanted defibrillator
Among first in the state to introduce drug-eluting stents
State’s first accredited 24/7 chest pain center
One of the first in the nation equipped with 3-D X-ray equipment for three-dimensional cardiovascular imaging
Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center opens its doors
West Michigan’s first prosthetic endovascular thoracic aneurysm graft procedure (repairs aneurysms of the aorta in the chest)
West Michigan’s first cardiovascular genetics program
First surgeons in West Michigan to repair defective heart valves robotically
West Michigan’s first Impella miniature heart pump introduced in high-risk angioplasties
Stereotaxis magnetic catheter navigation introduced
West Michigan’s first ventricular assist devices (VADs) implanted for heart failure patients as a planned “bridge” to heart transplant
The Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute is formed
West Michigan’s first heart transplant performed
First in Michigan to implant MRI-safe pacemaker in Michigan, allowing patients with a pacemaker to undergo safe MRI scans
Second institution in the U.S. accredited by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence for percutaneous coronary intervention
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital establishes the congenital heart center
Congenital heart center builds expertise in 3-D echocardiography
First lung transplant and first combined heart-lung transplant
First in Michigan to perform LARIAT procedure, a minimally invasive technique to tie off a left atrial appendage, reducing blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib)
Collaboration with Van Andel Research Institute for recruitment of world-renowned cardiovascular research, cardiology, and surgical expertise
Largest patient enrollment in the international clinical trial for Nellix™ EndoVascular Aneurysm Sealing System (EVAS)
First in world to implant flow regulator device for end stage heart failure