Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center

Celebrating a decade of excellence in heart and vascular care

The opening of the Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center marked a significant commitment to patients in need of heart and vascular care more than a decade ago.

Today, no other facility in the region provides services as comprehensive as those offered at the Meijer Heart Center. We provide our patients with care that rivals the best in the country—from prevention efforts, minimally invasive interventions and catheterizations to open heart surgery and heart and lung transplants. In 2014, Spectrum Health provided more advanced lifesaving heart and vascular procedures than any other hospital in the State of Michigan.1 Our nationally recognized research efforts bring clinical trials and innovative treatment options to our patients.

Visit to learn more about the expertise and services helping patients at the Meijer Heart Center and throughout our region. At the heart of it all is more than 10 years of progress and lifesaving advancements for our patients and their families.

1. Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s Michigan Inpatient Database, Fiscal Year 2014

Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center - A Decade of Excellence

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).

Cardiothoracic Surgeons
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.

Cardiovascular Radiologists
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.

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