Borgess begins 2014 Tree of Love campaigns

KALAMAZOO, MI – Imagine being unable to obtain a mammogram because of the expense. It happens each year to women everywhere, which means breast cancer may go undetected.

Gifts to the annual Borgess Tree of Love campaign in 2013 helped more than 200 women in southwest and southcentral Michigan receive diagnostic mammography services. Joy, who lives in Battle Creek, is one of those women. Today, Joy is cancer free, thanks to Tree of Love.

“I had the best experience ever at Borgess Diagnostic Services,” she said. “Borgess Tree of Love was the only way I could receive coverage for a mammogram [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess Heart Center for Excellence receives Echocardiography accreditation

KALAMAZOO, MI – Borgess Heart Center for Excellence, Borgess Heart Institute, has received a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in the area of adult transthoracic and adult stress by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

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” to inform patients that Borgess Heart Center for Excellence has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography. When scheduled for [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess Heart Center for Excellence welcomes new cardiologist

KALAMAZOO, MI – Shweta Aggarwal, MD, has joined Borgess Heart Center for Excellence, Borgess Heart Institute, as a non-invasive cardiologist.

Dr. Aggarwal comes to Borgess from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was a cardiology fellow. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, and also was a resident medical officer in the Department of Medicine at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in India. She earned her medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India. Dr. Aggarwal is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine, National Board of Echocardiography, and Certification [...] Continue Reading…

Ascension Health Michigan Announces Kathy A. Young as President & CEO for Borgess Health

The Michigan Health Ministries of Ascension Health are pleased to announce that Kathy A. Young, FACHE, has been appointed Borgess Health President and CEO.  Young succeeds former Borgess Health CEO Paul Spaude, who retired on October 2 after nine years with the health system. Young will begin her new role in early 2015.

“Kathy is a dynamic and gifted executive who will be an effective leader for Borgess and a strong addition to the Michigan Ministries’ senior leadership team,” said Gwen MacKenzie, Senior Vice President, Ascension Health/Michigan Market Leader. “With our large geographic footprint across the state, including 13 acute [...] Continue Reading…

Reverence Home Health & Hospice receives top-performing home health recognition

KALAMAZOO, MI – Reverence Home Health & Hospice, a service of Borgess Health, is a recipient of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™ from OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation and DecisionHealth®. The award recognizes the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

Now in its ninth year, HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of all Medicare-certified agencies. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS® or HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified [...] Continue Reading…

Reverence Home Health & Hospice receives top-performing home health recognition

KALAMAZOO, MI – Reverence Home Health & Hospice, a service of Borgess Health, is a recipient of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™ from OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation and DecisionHealth®. The award recognizes the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

Now in its ninth year, HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of all Medicare-certified agencies. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS® or HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess receives outstanding Healthgrades ratings

KALAMAZOO, MI, October 28.  Borgess associates, providers and volunteers are thanked as Healthgrades® rates Borgess Health high in its 2015 Quality Ratings. The outstanding Healthgrades ratings included: One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac SurgeryTM, One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac CareTM and 20 outstanding ratings for stroke care, pulmonary care, orthopedics and critical care.

“The efforts of Borgess associates, providers and volunteers result in world-class care and the exceeding of patient expectations,” said J. Patrick Dyson, interim president, Borgess Health. “We thank everyone of the Borgess Health Ministry.”

“This recognition follows many other 2014 acknowledgements,” said Robert [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess ProMed Family Practice welcomes Katherine McLellan, MSN, NP-C

KALAMAZOO, MI – Borgess ProMed Family Practice has added Katherine McLellan, MSN, NP-C, as a nurse practitioner at the Woodbridge Hills location at 7901 Angling Road, Portage.

McLellan most recently was a summer school nurse for the Hartford Public Schools in Hartford, Mich., where she was responsible for the assessment and treatment of children in the Title 1 and Migrant Programs.  Her experience includes being a nursing director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., and she was a registered nurse and nursing manager in the Neurovascular and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.  McLellan also was [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess Cardiothoracic Surgery welcomes new surgeon

KALAMAZOO, MI – Samer A. Kanaan, MD, has joined Borgess Cardiothoracic Surgery as a thoracic surgeon.

Dr. Kanaan is an award-winning surgeon who for four consecutive years has been given the America’s Top Surgeons Award in Thoracic Surgery from the Consumers Research Council of America.  He also was named the 2012 Top Doctors in America in Thoracic Surgery by US News and World Report.

Dr. Kanaan comes to Borgess from Queen of the Valley Medical Associates in Napa, Calif., where in 2011 he held the position of chairman of the Department of Surgery at Queen of the Valley Medical Center.  He is [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess Orthopedics welcomes James Jastifer, MD

KALAMAZOO, MI – James R. Jastifer, MD, has joined the staff of Borgess Orthopedics, part of the Borgess Bone & Joint Institute, as an orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Jastifer specializes in ankle replacement, and recently completed an Idaho Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship at the Coughlin Clinic in Boise, Idaho.  In 2013, he completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (formerly Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies).  Dr. Jastifer received his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in [...] Continue Reading…