Congenital Heart Center Helen DeVos

Grand Rapids, MI — (616) 267-9150

There are board certified ACHD physicians at this location.

25 Michigan St. NE
Suite 4200
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States

(616) 267-9150
(616) 267-9150
(616) 267-9150
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Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
Adult/Pediatric Hospital
Michigan State University

Clinic Staffing

Medical Director

Sarah Fahnhorst, DO (Acting) Professional ACHA Member
ACHD, Peds

7 Additional Cardiologists attend Clinic

Christopher Ratnasamy, MD Professional ACHA Member
ACHD, Ped Cardiology
Enrique Oliver Aregullin, MD Professional ACHA Member
ACHD, Ped Card
Linda Pauliks, MD Professional ACHA Member
ACHD, Ped Card
Yasser Al-Khatib, MD Professional ACHA Member
ACHD, Ped Card
Joseph Vetuukattil, BSc, MBBS, MD, DNB

Nursing & Other Staff

Laura Oddo, NP Nurse Practitioner
Okater Bacon, MSW Social Worker
Heather Chartand, LPN
Katherine Bennetts, BSN, RN Registered Nurse Navigator; Transition Program
Eleanor Melfi, RN Registered Nurse - Navigator

Care Setting

Spectrum Health
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
Pediatric/Adult Hospital
Pediatric/Adult Hospital
Pediatric/Adult Hospital
Yes - at age 12
Yes, 1-3 times per month

Training & Research


Satellite Clinics

Data valid at 2022

Director's Description

The Adult Congenital Heart program is led by specially trained experts to care for complex heart defects and accommodate the changes individuals experience throughout their lifetime. Specially trained adult congenital cardiologists, psychologists, care coordinators, and medical social worker make up the multidisciplinary team.

With the goal to help adolescent and adults with congenital heart disease understand and successfully manage their own care, the program offers adult congenital cardiology clinics in Grand Rapids and surrounding area. Through education and collaborative care, the clinic promotes increased awareness of the following: medication and preventing infection; healthy lifestyle choices and safe exercise; birth control; pregnancy, and childbearing; career choices; planning advance directives; obtaining insurance and/or financial support; societal support and benefits available; and psychosocial support systems. The clinic also offers a seamless transition of care from pediatric to specialized adult congenital care within the same department.