Traverse Heart and Vascular aims to help patients be heart smart
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
A clinic has recently opened in Grayling that will allow patients to be more heart smart, cut down on travel time and costs, and be more earth friendly.
Traverse Heart and Vascular opened to serve patients on Jan. 1 in the Maxon Medical Building, 1107 E. Michigan Ave. Dynamic Physical Therapy was previously located in the building, which is across from Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital.
The main office for Traverse Heart and Vascular is the Webber Heart Center at the Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. The practice also has a location based at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital and clinics in Charlevoix, Frankfort, Indian River, Gaylord, Kalkaska, Manistee, and Prudenville.
Prior to opening the new facility, Traverse Heart and Vascular shared clinic space with AuSable Urology in Grayling.
“We are excited to expand the heart services we offer for Grayling area residents,” said John Beattie, MD, FACC, the lead cardiologist at the Maxon Medical Building. “This new location offers extended hours and includes information systems that are integrated with Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital as well as the Webber Heart Center at Munson Medical Center to provide patients with enhanced coordinated care.”
Beattie will be joined by Kevin J. Clayton, DO, FACC, Steven T. Mast, MD, FACC, John A. Varner, DO, FACC, and Michael E. Schulte, MD, FACC.
The team of doctors will provide expanded outpatient cardiovascular care for the Grayling community and surrounding areas four days a week. Staff will also perform pacemaker checks and technicians will conduct stress testing and echocardiography testing.
Marj Kelsey, a nurse practitioner, will oversee the day-to-day medical operations at the clinic.
“She’s previously worked in primary care in Grayling, so she is quite familiar with a lot of people that we’re seeing from the hospital,” Beattie said
The clinic has a workforce totaling 14 employees.
A $3 million gift from the Maxon Foundation, U.S. Bank, N.A., Trustee, of Cincinnati, Ohio, funded renovations to buildings in Traverse City and Grayling and helped expand heart services for northern Michigan residents, according to Munson Healthcare.
“The Maxon Foundation, U.S. Bank, N.A., Trustee, was founded by the late Glenway Maxon, Jr. It is held by the U.S. Bank in Cincinnati. The specific focus of giving is for health care related needs including: improving access to health care services; building capacity for health care through equipment and capital improvements; and recruiting physicians and health care professionals to underserved areas,” according to www. munsonhealthcare.org.
“He wanted some of his generosity to go to northern Michigan, because he had a love for northern Michigan,” said Dino Recchia, chief of cardiology for Munson Healthcare.
The clinic in Grayling will allow up to 2,000 patient visits and 600 heart tests per year. Hospital officials figure that will save patients the time and expense of traveling 140,000 miles per year to Traverse City and back to access those same services.
“It’s like driving around the earth five times, so it’s a lot of driving we’re saving those patients,” Recchia said.
Recchia said opening the Grayling clinic helps fulfill the goals of Traverse Heart and Vascular and the Maxon Foundation.
“To be able to give patients care close to home is key,” he said. “It saves them a lot of driving and they’re able to get what need right in their own backyard.”