Health system extends cardiovascular reach


The Metro Health heart and vascular clinic in Holland operates out of the same building as the Holland Foot & Ankle Center. Courtesy Metro Health

A health care system is responding to patient demand and opening a new cardiovascular clinic.

Metro Health opened a heart and vascular clinic in Holland on Valentine’s Day, at 904 S. Washington Ave.

The clinic is the sixth Metro Health office that offers cardiovascular care and follows the system’s opening of an Allegan office last fall.

Clinical demand

The Holland and Allegan expansions were partly driven by the number of patients growing in the south and west after the system’s move to Wyoming in 2007, said Ellen Bristol, a spokesperson at Metro Health.

“It is part of an ongoing overall strategy that Metro Health has to make access easier for patients,” Bristol said.

The Allegan practice has exceeded original expectations, according to Mike Faas, president and chief executive officer at Metro Health.

“Our decision to expand to the lakeshore is patient driven,” Faas said. “As word spreads about the successes our physicians have had in treating cardiovascular conditions, we have seen increasing demand for our services.”

Bristol said at this point there are no definitive plans for any new locations, but it would depend on patients and demand for services.

Holland space

The Holland office is located within the Holland Foot & Ankle Center building, which is a way for Metro Health to expand efficiently. The space will initially be open for two days a month.

The clinic will use existing staff at the start and will either increase staff or the number of days the clinic is open based on patient needs, Bristol said.

“There is not a tremendous cost,” Bristol said. “We are using existing equipment and existing personnel.”

PAD care

Metro Health’s heart and vascular care includes diagnostic testing for heart disease and peripheral arterial disease, or PAD.

The disease commonly causes circulatory problems in arms and legs, where narrowed arteries block the flow of blood and can result in numbness, pain, damage to the tissue and, at times, amputation.

PAD affects approximately 8 million people in the U.S., and awareness of the disease is estimated at 25 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Metro Health said last week that it has developed a specialty in the treatment of PAD and amputation prevention and uses the latest technology to clear blockages and restore circulation.

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