The Congenital Heart Center

Data valid for 2014

General Information
Address: 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Program Website
Patient Inquiries Phone: (616) 267-9150
Appointment Requests: (616) 267-9150
Year Formalized: 2014
24/7 ACHD On-Call Schedule: Yes
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (Pediatric Hospital)
Hospital (Adult or Pediatric Hospital): Spectrum Health (Adult/Pediatric Hospital)
Medical School:
Medical Director
Medical Director:
Board Certified In:
Marcus P. Haw, MBBS
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Years in ACHD: 25
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 30%
Medical Co-Director
Medical Co-Director:
Board Certified In:
Joseph Vettukattil, BS, MD
Peds, Ped Card
Years in ACHD: 25
% of Time Dedicated to ACHD: 30%
Care Setting
Total ACHD Patient Visits: 1517
Half-day Sessions (per week): 7
Outpatients seen at:Spectrum Health Butterworth
Outpatients seen at:Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
Do you have providers who see patients in both pediatric and adult settings?Yes
Do you perform invasive cardiac procedures on ACHD patients at your institution?Yes
Catheter-based procedures are done: Adult/Pediatric Hospital
Invasive EP procedures are done: Adult/Pediatric Hospital
ACHD Surgeries are done: Adult/Pediatric Hospital
Established referral relationships with other ACHD programs for needed consultation, procedures or second opinions: Yes
Formal transition program between pediatric and ACHD clinics: No
Do you offer regularly scheduled patient care conferences?Yes, weekly
Does your program provide patient/family support or education meetings?Yes
ACHD Clinic Staffing
Number of Additional Cardiologists who attend ACHD Clinic:5
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Chirstopher Ratnasamy, MD
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Jeffrey Schneider, MD
Additional cardiologist:
Board Certified In:
Sam Lacina, MD
Number of NPs/PAs:
NP/PA: Chris DeBano PA
NP/PA: Andrea Griffith NP
RN/LPN: Lisa Cole, RN, Adult Congenital Liaison
RN/LPN: Linda Stretton, RN, EP Nurse
Other Program Staff: Martha Huckabee, MPH, Practice Manager
Surgical and Interventional Resources
Number of Pediatric (< 18) CHD operations performed: 185
Number of ACHD (> 18) operations performed: 48
Number of Cardiologists performing interventional catheterizations: 3
Number of Surgeons performing more than 75 CHD or ACHD operations: 2
Director's Description
The only program of its kind in West and mid-Michigan, specializing in interventional catheterization procedures, cardiac imaging, electrophysiology, and surgery, carefully monitors the cardiac health of women with heart defects who are pregnant or want to become pregnant. Specializes in biventricular conversion for some single ventricle patients and innovative surgical and catheter procedures for some symptomatic single ventricle patients.
Clinical Services Offered
ACHD-experienced Diagnostic Catheterization: Yes
ACHD-experienced Interventional Catheterization: Yes
ACHD-experienced Diagnostic Electrophysiology: Yes
ACHD-experienced Interventional Electrophysiology: Yes
ACHD-experienced Cardiac MRI: Yes
ACHD-experienced Multi-Slice Cardiac CT: Yes
ACHD-experienced High Risk Obstetrics/Perinatology: Yes
Contraceptive Counseling: Yes
Geneticist/Genetic Counseling: Yes
Cardiac Rehabilitation Service: Yes
Financial/Medical Insurance Counseling: Yes
Medical Social Worker:Yes
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in ACHD is evaluated: In collaboration with our pulmonary hypertension specialists
PAH in ACHD is managed medically: In collaboration with our pulmonary hypertension specialists
When lung transplant is considered in our ACHD patients with PAH, they are: Referred to a suitable lung transplant program
Training & Research
ACHD Training for Fellows: No
Does your program undertake ACHD Research? Yes
Program's last publication: 2015
Program's most recent receipt of external funding: N/A