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Metro Health Wayland Phone Issue

UPDATE 2/3/16 3:20 pm: Metro Health Wayland’s down phone line (269-792-3400) is back up and running, thank you for your patience!

Metro Health Wayland patients, we are currently experiencing issues with our 269-792-3400 phone number. If you call that number, there will only be a busy signal. However, if you call 616-252-3400 you will be able to get through and connect to the office. We are busily working to fix this issue and apologize for any inconvenience it may cause.

Metro Health Park East Urgent Care and Other Services Now Open

Metro Health has now added Urgent Care and more to the growing list of services available at its Metro Health Park East facility.

Conveniently located just off I-96 at 4055 Cascade Road SE, Urgent Care offers walk-in care for non-life-threatening conditions, such as cuts, bruises, sprains, minor injuries, nausea, vomiting, coughs, flu and more. Staffed by physicians from Metro Health’s Emergency Department, the new facility is nearly 11,000 square feet in size and features 10 treatment rooms with space for further expansion.

The Metro Health Park East Urgent Care is open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The hospital also added laboratory and imaging services to its growing suite of services at the 82,000-square-foot building. The lab is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. No appointments are necessary for walk-in service, which will provide quick test results.

Imaging provides general X-ray services that are also available by walk-in or appointment from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facility has space that will allow for expansion of imaging services as community demand for new services increases.

“We are very pleased to announce another significant expansion of services at Metro Health Park East,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. “We continue to recognize and respond to the community’s demands for quality, affordable health care services that are conveniently located and easy to access.

“Since we opened the doors of Metro Health Park East in January 2014, we have been incredibly pleased with the response to this centrally located facility.”

Metro Health Hospital Foundation Welcomes New Development Officers

The Metro Health Hospital Foundation has hired two new employees to serve as development officers.

In their new roles with the organization, Jaime Counterman and LeAnn M. Secord will be responsible for increasing philanthropic support for the Metro Health Hospital Foundation by planning and managing select annual giving initiatives, special events, third party fundraising, major gifts, grants and planned giving.

jaime-counterman-resizeCounterman has most recently served as annual funds manager for Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. She has also worked for numerous other non-profit organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Great Lakes and Carolinas chapters of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Metropolitan Enterprises, Metro Health Hospital and Planned Parenthood Centers of West Michigan.

Active in the community, Counterman serves as a member of the Grand Valley State University Women’s Center Advisory Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree from GVSU.

A native of Lowell, Counterman resides in Sparta with her husband, Aron, daughter, Olivia, and their shepherd and Lab mix, Riley.

leann-secord-resizeSecord returns to the Foundation having most recently served as fund development manager for Girl Scouts of West Michigan Shore to Shore. She has also served other non-profits including the Pilgrim Manor Foundation, Chase Park Grants LLC and Paws With A Cause. She also worked at Anderson Mason Dale Architects.

Secord is also active in the community, serving as a board member for Arts in Motion, as co-chair of the Aquinas College Fund and on the Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Women Build Steering Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College.

A native of Muskegon, Secord resides in Grand Rapids with her golden retriever, Koda.

Metro Health Park East Adds Urgent Care and Other Services, Holds Community Open House on Jan. 30

Metro Health has now added Urgent Care and more to the growing list of services available at its Metro Health Park East facility.

Conveniently located just off I-96 at 4055 Cascade Road SE, Urgent Care will offer walk-in care for non-life-threatening conditions, such as cuts, bruises, sprains, minor injuries, nausea, vomiting, coughs, flu and more. Staffed by physicians from Metro Health’s Emergency Department, the new facility is nearly 11,000 square feet in size and features 10 treatment rooms with space for further expansion.

The Metro Health Park East Urgent Care will be open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The hospital is also adding laboratory and imaging services to its growing suite of services at the 82,000-square-foot building. The lab will be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. No appointments are necessary for walk-in service, which will provide quick test results.

Imaging will provide general X-ray services that are also available by walk-in or appointment from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facility has space that will allow for expansion of imaging services as community demand for new services increases.

The public is invited to an open house on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. to see the full array of services available at Metro Health Park East. The facility also includes a Wound Healing Center, which opened in December 2015, and outpatient surgical suites, which opened two years ago this month.

“We are very pleased to announce another significant expansion of services at Metro Health Park East,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. “We continue to recognize and respond to the community’s demands for quality, affordable health care services that are conveniently located and easy to access.

“Since we opened the doors of Metro Health Park East in January 2014, we have been incredibly pleased with the response to this centrally located facility. We invite the community to join us on Jan. 30 for an open house that will showcase the leading-edge services we offer.”

Families are invited to attend. In addition to tours of the facility, Metro Health will offer free health screenings and demonstrations and activities for children, including:

  • The Teddy Bear Clinic, which encourages young children to bring a teddy bear so they can see the tests or procedures they may encounter in a doctor’s office or Urgent Care
  • Germs Away! technology that uses ultra-violet light to study germs while teaching the best ways to stay healthy
  • Demonstrations of the latest technology in imaging, surgery and wound-healing
  • Blood pressure and other health screenings

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/20qE933.

Dr. Kevin Furlong Recognized as Physician Best of Metro

Kevin Furlong, DO
Hospitalist

DrFurlongDr. Furlong is a hospitalist at Metro Health Hospital and has been with Metro for 17 years. He received his DO degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 1999 and completed both his internship and residency at Metro Health Hospital.

In addition to his busy role treating inpatients at the hospital, Dr. Furlong is also involved in a number of leadership roles with Metro Health. He served as Chief-of-Staff from 2012 to 2013 and he has served on the Board of Directors since 2010. He has also served on a number of different committees during his time with Metro.

Furthermore, Dr. Furlong continues to be a top performer on H-CAHPS surveys in the Doctor Communication category. He consistently receives high ratings from patients who rate him as ALWAYS treating them with courtesy and respect, listening carefully and explaining things in a way the patient could understand. He is also known for his consistent, clear documentation which provides staff with clarity of patient status and needs.

The premium that Dr. Furlong places on patient communication is clear from his response when asked what the Best Patient Experience means to him: “I try to reinforce (to patients) the fact that we do realize that it is never fun being a patient in a hospital, but if we can make their stay with us as enjoyable as possible, then we have done our job. And that is what it means to provide the best patient experience, whether it’s communication with the patient, treating the patient with courtesy, or just having a clean room, all of those things provide the best experience for the patients and their families.”

Dr. Furlong’s nomination form further describes how he provides the Best Employee Experience. “He is very engaged, professional and passionate about great outcomes and patient centered care.” It also describes him as “engaged with handling physician issues and call schedules.”

When asked what being selected as Physician Best of Metro meant to him, Dr. Furlong said it is a great honor and it validates all that he and other clinicians do every day. “I hear from patients all the time, comments like ‘you have such a great hospital here,’ or ‘the staff is so nice.’ When I hear things like that, I typically tell the patients that we really do appreciate their comments and kinds words.”

When Dr. Furlong was asked about a favorite Metro Memory, he thought back to the day of the patient move to the new hospital. He mentioned how after the last patient was moved out of the old hospital, then chief medical officer Dr. Bill Cunningham and then chief nursing officer Ingrid Cheslek made statements on the overhead and it was a very special moment. “Then all of us doctors drove out to the new hospital and joined our colleagues in welcoming all the patients into this beautiful new hospital and making sure everyone was settled into their room appropriately.” He continued by saying that “the energy. . . was palpable that day, and despite the daunting task of moving all those patients, the day went off without a hitch due to all the great people working at this place!”

Dr. Furlong is married to his wife Tracey and they have four children, ranging in ages from eight down to two years old.

Congratulations Dr. Furlong!
You are the Physician Best of Metro

Metro Health Expands Allegan Heart & Vascular Practice

In response to increased demand from patients, Metro Health is expanding its award-winning heart and vascular practice in Allegan.

Metro Heart & Vascular began seeing patients at Allegan General Hospital in 2013. On Monday, Jan. 18, the practice will expand to a larger office, offering expanded services eight days a month compared with the current two days a month. Interventional cardiologist Dr. Fadi Saab will be joined by cardiologist Dr. Ali Saab.

Ali Saab recently joined Metro Heart & Vascular. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography and cardiac computed tomography. He has a special interest in diagnostic testing and interpretation.

“We are happy to expand our heart and vascular practice in Allegan,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. “Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women across the country. A growing number of our patients call Allegan home, so it makes sense to expand our reach and offer more convenient access to much-needed treatments.”

Both doctors will provide cardiology and vascular consultations. They see patients struggling with vascular disease such as peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. PAD is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries block blood flow to arms and legs, causing numbness, leg pain, tissue damage and leading to amputation.

Metro Health Hospital has developed a nationally recognized specialty in the treatment of PAD and amputation prevention. Led by Dr. Jihad Mustapha, Metro Heart & Vascular physicians utilize leading-edge technology to clear blockages and restore circulation in even the most challenging of cases. The practice regularly attracts patients from around Michigan, across the United States and around the world.

“Metro Heart & Vascular provides a comprehensive and coordinated approach to the treatment of cardiovascular disease, working with patients, their primary care physician, other specialists and family members to prevent amputations – and save lives,” Faas said.

PAD can be a devastating diagnosis for patients. Patients at high risk include those who are obese, have diabetes, heart disease or another circulatory issue. Smokers are also at a higher risk, as are African Americans and Native Americans.

For more information on Metro Heart & Vascular’s treatment of PAD, click here.

The Metro Heart & Vascular Allegan practice is located in Allegan General Hospital at 551 Linn St., Suite 110, Allegan.

Metro Health Welcomes Two New Cardiologists

Metro Health Hospital has announced that two cardiologists have joined its growing team of cardiovascular specialists.

Dr. Rony D. Gorges and Dr. Ali A. Saab have joined Metro Heart & Vascular, a nationally recognized expert team of cardiovascular specialists who provide diagnostic and preventive care as well as treat emergent conditions. They will both practice at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming. Additionally, Gorges will see patients at Metro Heart & Vascular in Holland and downtown Grand Rapids and Saab will see patients in Allegan.

Rony-Gorges-MDGorges is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and vascular ultrasound. He is a registered physician in vascular interpretation and has a special interest in invasive and noninvasive imaging as well as pacemaker implantation.

Gorges earned his medical degree at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at St. John Providence Hospital Southfield. Gorges also completed a cardiovascular medicine fellowship at the St. John Providence Heart Institute.

A native of Southeast Michigan, Gorges now resides in Ada with his wife, Chanel and their two children.

Ali-Saab-DOSaab is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography and cardiac-computed tomography. He has special interest in diagnostic testing and interpretation.

Saab earned his medical degree from Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Saab also completed a cardiovascular medicine fellowship at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

A native of Lebanon, Saab now resides in Ada with his wife, Ceila.

Metro Health and the Brain Injury Association of Michigan to Host Discussion on Concussions and High School Sports

Free Showing of the Film “Concussion” to Follow Discussion

Metro Health and the Brain Injury Association of Michigan have teamed up for a special Q&A session on concussions and high school sports prior to a free screening of the film “Concussion,” which stars Will Smith.

The event will be held Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at Celebration Cinema North located at 2121 Celebration Drive NE in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“In an era of highly competitive high school sports, concussions can have a lasting impact on the health of young athletes,” Dr. Ed Kornoelje of Metro Health Sports Medicine said. “It’s important for parents, students and coaches to be well informed. We’re excited to team up with the Brain Injury Association and offer participants the opportunity to talk with local experts about prevention, risks and more.”

Registration is required and seating is limited. Tickets are available and can be reserved at www.metrohealth.net/concussionevent/. Those who reserve a ticket will be able to retrieve them at the door.

“Concussion” is a dramatic thriller based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player.

The event is presented by Metro Health Sports Medicine, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan and The Huge Show.

Jennifer Wilson joins Metro Health as Director of Metro Health Hospital Foundation

Jennifer Wilson has joined Metro Health as director of the Metro Health Hospital Foundation.

In her new role with Metro Health Hospital Foundation, Wilson will be responsible for fundraising, donor relations and foundation development. Prior to Metro, Wilson was the vice president of development and brand for Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore.

Wilson has held a variety of development and philanthropy positions at West Michigan nonprofits including Davenport University, Hospice of Michigan and Paws With A Cause, among others. In addition to her strong background in philanthropy, Wilson has held positions in local media that include editor-in-chief at Women’s Lifestyle Magazine and “do good” editor at Rapid Growth media. She previously held two development positions at Metro Health Hospital Foundation earlier in her career.

Wilson also ran a nonprofit consulting firm, Grand Development Associates, LLC, which is focused on fundraising, strategic planning and board governance for charitable organizations.

Wilson is an active member of the Grand Rapids community serving on multiple boards and committees over the years including Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Young Professionals and Women and Girls Lead.

Wilson resides in Grand Rapids with her daughter, Morgan.

Metro Health Wound Healing Center Opens at Metro Health Park East

Spurred by increasing demand, Metro Health Hospital will open a second location to handle wound care on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Metro Health Park East, 4055 Cascade Road SE.

The new Wound Healing Center at Metro Health Park East will feature 10 exam rooms and two hyperbaric oxygen chambers to provide treatment for patients with chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers and pressure sores, as well as delayed effects from radiation. The 6,620-square-foot facility kicks off the second round of expansion in the Metro Health Park East facility off of I-96.

“We are pleased to be opening the new Wound Healing Center at Metro Health Park East,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO. “Our team of physicians, nurses and wound specialists, complemented by a national wound management company, will serve the growing number of people suffering from chronic wounds by providing the best practices in wound care and hyperbaric treatment at a convenient location.”

Medical Director Dr. Jaret Beane will supervise a staff of nine full-time individuals at the center’s opening, including physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, medical assistants and respiratory therapists. Metro plans to grow the center’s staff to 15 throughout the next 12-24 months.

The Metro Health Wound Healing Center is a member of the Healogics network. Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services, managing nearly 800 Wound Care Centers® in the nation.

The Metro Health Park East facility is already home to the hospital’s 20,500 square-foot Outpatient Surgery Center. Metro expects to fill the remaining available space in the 82,000 square foot building as its sole occupant by the close of 2016. In addition to wound treatment and outpatient surgery, the facility will offer urgent care, laboratory and imaging.

Metro Health opened its first Wound Healing Center in 1991, making it one of the oldest in West Michigan. Metro Health added hyperbaric chambers in 2003, responding to the growing need for sophisticated wound care with new treatments and technology.

It is estimated that 23,000 individuals in the Greater Grand Rapids area live with chronic wounds. The incidence of chronic wounds is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.

People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment in four weeks may benefit from a visit to the Metro Health Wound Healing Center.

To schedule an appointment, please call 616.252.7494.