Health system opens specialty intensive care unit


Courtesy Spectrum Health

A local health system has opened a new specialized intensive care unit downtown.

Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital opened a six-bed pediatric cardiac intensive unit yesterday to serve more intensive care patients and better provide care to the growing number of pediatric patients with congenital heart disease.

Part of the hospital’s Congenital Heart Unit and Specialty Services, the unit is located in the same area within children’s hospital, which allows patients to begin, continue and complete inpatient care in one location with one unified team of specialty clinicians.

Patients who will receive needed intensive care in the unit include those facing cardiovascular surgery, cardiac catheterization and primary cardiac disease, as well as other organ and heart disease patients whose cardiac condition is contributing to or worsening the patient’s illness. Some newborns diagnosed with congenital heart disease may also receive care in the unit.

Dr. Marcus Haw and Dr. Joseph Vettukattil are co-directors for the Congenital Heart Center.

"Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is proud to take a leadership role in offering advanced specialized care for pediatric cardiology patients,” said Dr. Bob Connors, president of the hospital. 

“We are so thankful to have this project funded in its entirety by philanthropy and generous community support.”

Spectrum Health said this is the only pediatric cardiac intensive care unit in West Michigan.

The two others in the state are at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, according to Spectrum.

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