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…

Could Your Child’s Photos Save His or Her Life?

Snapping and downloading your little one’s photos is simple and fast nowadays, and as it turns out, it could potentially save his or her life, too. According to “A new app can scan for leukocoria, a symptom of certain types of cancer and other diseases.”
Leukocoria means “white pupil,” something that happens when the pupil is white instead of the typical black. In obvious situations, the pupil may appear white on casual inspection. In other situations, the pupil may appear white when it becomes larger in a darkened room, or when detected in photos when one pupil has an [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess Lee Medical Group adds new PA

DOWAGIAC, MI – Susan Jayne Smith, PA-C, has joined Borgess Lee Medical Group as a physician assistant.

Smith most recently was a physician assistant with Roy B. Parke, DO, a family medicine physician, and also worked at the Buchanan Family Medical Center in Buchanan, Mich.  She holds a master’s degree in medicine from Western Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Michigan State University.

Smith is a fellow with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and a fellow with the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants.  She is certified with the National Commission of the Certification of Physician Assistants, and [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess Rheumatology adds new rheumatologist

KALAMAZOO, MI – Davi Sa Leitao, MD, has joined Borgess Rheumatology, located at 2889 South 11th Street, Kalamazoo. He is the newest member of a team which includes Timothy Swartz, MD, and mid-levels Wayne Augustyniak, PA, and Sue Wood, MS, RN, ANP-BC.

Dr. Sa Leitao comes to Borgess from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, where he completed a fellowship in rheumatology and clinical immunology. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Sa Leitao also has been a family physician and medical doctor for a family health program in Acarau, [...] Continue Reading…

New providers join Borgess Inpatient Services

KALAMAZOO, MI – Borgess Inpatient Services has added three new providers, strengthening growth in providing stronger care to patients during their hospital stay.

Anas Alsara, MD, comes to Borgess from the University of Illinois/Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., where he completed his residency in internal medicine.  Dr. Alsara completed a research fellowship in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he also was a visiting clinician.  He obtained his medical degree from Damascus University in Damascus, Syria.  Dr. Alsara holds professional and society memberships in numerous organizations, including the American [...] Continue Reading…

Medical Breakthrough Helps the Disabled Walk Again

Imagine a world where those who have lost the ability to walk can actually get back on their feet again. Thanks to ReWalk Robotics (formerly Argo Medical Technologies), this world vision may not be far-fetched or too far off.

ReWalk Robotics, a global company with headquarters in the United States, Germany and Israel, develops, manufactures, and markets wearable robotic skeletons for people with lower limb disabilities, such as paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and lower body, typically caused by spinal injury or disease).

“I see hope for the future,” Marine Corps Captain Derek Herrera told the Boston Globe. “Mentally and emotionally [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess ProMed Pediatrics welcomes new physician

KALAMAZOO, MI – Evan Pelc, DO, has joined Borgess ProMed Physicians Pediatrics at the Richland location.

Dr. Pelc completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a 228-bed, Level 1 pediatric trauma center in Detroit, and obtained his medical education at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing.  He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Dr. Pelc is board certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation Program.  He holds professional memberships with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of [...] Continue Reading…