CrittentonTeams With U Of M Health System To Offer Open Heart Surgery Program

ROCHESTER, Mich., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Crittenton Hospital Medical Center is excited to announce its affiliation with the University of Michigan Health System to bring a world class open heart surgery program to the community.

"This is a terrific new program," said Frank D. Sottile, M.D., chief medical officer of Crittenton. "Our expanded heart center now can offer state-of-the-art cardiovascular care to the people we serve." The Heart Center will now offer:

  *  "On" and "off" pump bypass surgery
  *  Minimally invasive bypass surgery
  *  Valve repair and replacement
  *  Advanced stenting technologies
  *  Electrophysiology

The Crittenton Heart Center has added state-of-the-art surgical suites with the latest medical technology for its new open heart program, which now includes the potential for minimally invasive and robotic approaches for cardiac surgery. Now the communities we serve can get top quality heart care right here at home.

Richard L. Prager, M.D., adult cardiac surgery director and co-director of the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, is medical director for the new cardiac surgery program at Crittenton. "Our relationship brings together the expertise of both institutions that can now offer the community an excellent, comprehensive heart program," said Dr. Prager.

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center is a 290-bed full-service facility located in Rochester, Michigan. For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.crittenton.com/ .

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center

CONTACT: Pat Bagchi, Marketing Department of Crittenton Hospital MedicalCenter, +1-248-652-5421

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