Borgess Heart Center for Excellence welcomes new cardiac electrophysiologist

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Frank Chia-Hong Chen, MD, FHRS, has joined Borgess Heart Center for Excellence, Borgess Heart Institute, as a cardiac electrophysiologist.

Dr. Chen comes to Borgess from Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio, where he served as a staff cardiac electrophysiologist with the Kettering Physician Network. He previously was a staff cardiac electrophysiologist at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minn., and was a clinical fellow in the Division of Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Chen is also a former instructor in medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. In addition, he has held […] Continue Reading…

Sirri Bearss, NP, joins Borgess Women’s Health

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Borgess Women’s Health has added Sirri Bearss, MSN, RN, WHNP, as a nurse practitioner in the Medical Specialties Building office at Borgess Medical Center.

Sirri joins Borgess from the Littleton Health Center in Colorado where she was an advance practice clinician, and also served health centers in Colorado and Nevada as a traveling advance practice clinician. She also has experience as a clinical coordinator and registered nurse at the WeCare Health Facility in Columbus, Ohio. She is affiliated with the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, as well as the American Society for Colposcopy and […] Continue Reading…

Elite Borgess Health physicians combine talents to create Borgess Vascular Institute

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Lonnie Bragg first noticed the pains in his chest in 2009 while at home. His wife, Sue, called an ambulance, and Lonnie was brought to Borgess Medical Center, where two aneurysms were discovered, including one in the groin area. He was treated and went home a week later, but returned to Borgess a few years later, where he received a new and unique vascular procedure.

Syed Alam, MD, Advanced Vascular Surgery, and Jerry W. Pratt, MD, FACH, FACC, FCCP, medical director, thoracic surgery, Borgess Heart Institute, performed a total aortic arch debranching and Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair […] Continue Reading…

Leslie Price, PA, joins Borgess Internal Medicine

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Borgess Internal Medicine has added Leslie Price, PA, as a physician assistant in the Borgess Medical Commons Building at the Woodbridge Hills location, 7775 Angling Road, Portage.

Leslie comes to Borgess from San Antonio, Texas, where she was a physician assistant in private practice. She has also held physician assistant positions at Columbus Sleep Consultants in Columbus, Ohio, and at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. Leslie is licensed with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Kettering College of Medical Arts in Kettering, […] Continue Reading…

Borgess Lee Rural Health Clinic begins tele-medicine behavioral health services for area patients

DOWAGIAC, Mich. – Borgess Lee Medical Group is teaming up with DeLano Outpatient Clinic, a service of Borgess Behavioral Health, to offer tele-medicine behavioral health services for patients.

The tele-medicine services for children and adults are offered at the Borgess Lee Medical Group clinic in the Don Lyons Building, located across the street from Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, during one half day each week. The services connect patients in their area with a provider at the Kalamazoo-based DeLano Clinic. The tele-medicine equipment was purchased with a grant from Priority Health, a local insurance provider, and a donation from Lake Michigan Credit […] Continue Reading…

Borgess Orthopedics welcomes Jeffery Oney, PA-C

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Jeffery Oney, MSM, MS, PA-C, AT, has joined the staff of Borgess Orthopedics, part of the Borgess Bone & Joint Institute.

Jeffery has held clinical rotations at Borgess Women’s Health in Plainwell, Borgess Heart Center for Excellence, Borgess ProMed Family Practice, and Borgess Palliative Care. He has also held clinical rotations in pediatrics, psychiatry, orthopedics, general surgery and family practice at healthcare providers in southwest Michigan and in Denver, Colo.

Jeffery was a graduate assistant athletic trainer from August 2008 to August 2010 at Western Michigan University. He is a former head athletic trainer at Benton Harbor High […] Continue Reading…

Trisha Farrell, NP, joins Borgess Women’s Health

KALAMAZOO, Mich., – Borgess Women’s Health has added Trisha Farrell, MS, CNM, WHNP, RNC, as a nurse practitioner in the Medical Specialties Building office at Borgess Medical Center.

Trisha is a highly skilled registered nurse with 25 years of experience, and most recently was a school nurse at Antioch District 34, Hillcrest Elementary School, in Antioch, Ill. She is a former Nurse Corps Officer in the United States Navy, and has held women’s health nurse practitioner, RN, nurse midwife and department head positions in the Navy. She is a 2013 recipient of the Inspiration Award in Women’s Health from the […] Continue Reading…

Borgess ProMed Family Practice welcomes Joanna Simkus, PA-C

KALAMAZOO, Mich., – Borgess ProMed Family Practice has added Joanna Simkus, PA-C, as a certified physician assistant (PA-C) at the Woodbridge Hills location, 7901 Angling Road, Portage.

Joanna specializes in pediatrics and most recently was a physician assistant at Bronson Children’s Hospital in Kalamazoo. She is also a member of the United States Air Force Reserves and is trained in in-flight patient care, emergency medical services and other medical duties. Joanna received a Master of Science degree in Medicine and Physician Assistant Studies in August 2013 from Western Michigan University. She also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary […] Continue Reading…

Borgess Cardiac Ultrasound department receives Echocardiography reaccreditation

KALAMAZOO, Mich., – The “Echo Lab” at Borgess Medical Center has been granted a three-year reaccreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC means the Cardiac Ultrasound department at Borgess has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. Borgess is recognized by the IAC for providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process, including detailed case study review.

The IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that Borgess […] Continue Reading…

Lee Memorial Foundation kicks off annual Tree of Love campaign

DOWAGIAC, Mich., – The Lee Memorial Foundation hopes area residents will again embrace the spirit of giving and give someone a free mammogram.

The 2015 Tree of Love campaign begins at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, with a tree lighting ceremony at Farr Park in Dowagiac. The annual campaign ensures affordable diagnostic mammography and other breast care services are available for women throughout Cass County, regardless of their income. Last year’s campaign raised $7,629 in total donations, and was supported by nearly 90 area donors.

This year’s campaign fundraising goal is $8,000. Supporters recently helped kick off the campaign during […] Continue Reading…