Mercy Health Growing Comprehensive Heart Program, Welcomes New Comprehensive Cardiovascular Providers, Celebrates Nearly Four Decades of Open Heart Surgery Along Lakeshore

Business News |Apr 16, 2018|3 min read

Electrophysiology, TAVR Among New Offerings Keeping Care Along the Lakeshore

Muskegon, Mich. (April 16, 2018) – For nearly 40 years, Mercy Health has been the destination for open heart surgery along the lakeshore. Today, the health system is pleased to introduce new providers and specialists to its growing cardiovascular team, servicing the entire West Michigan region.


“These specialists help round out Mercy Health’s ever-expanding comprehensive heart program within the West Michigan community,” said David Baumgartner, MD, chief medical officer, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. “Improving the health of patients with the best clinical expertise nationally and providing the most comprehensive high-quality heart care close to home is our priority and we are proud to offer this inclusive team of experts.”


The additions to Mercy’s prestigious comprehensive cardiovascular providers include:


  • Eugene Chung, MD, , FACC, FHRS, FAHA, medical director of  Cardiac Electrophysiology Services.  Chung is leading the growth of Mercy Health’s electrophysiology team, providing Mercy Health’s first catheter ablation program. An Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Michigan Medicine, Dr. Chung also specializes in sports cardiology and consultation in the area of sudden death prevention in the young.
  • Prerana Manohar, MD, cardiologist at Mercy Health Physician Partners Cardiovascular. Mercy Health’s first female cardiologist, Dr. Manohar specializes in women and heart disease.
  • Vinayak Manohar, MD, interventional cardiologist at Mercy Health Physician Partners Cardiovascular. Dr. Manohar’s expertise includes interventional cardiology, peripheral arterial intervention, peripheral venous disease and therapeutic procedures, pulmonary hypertension and autonomic dysfunction. (Drs. Manohar are siblings.)
  • Kristopher Selke, DO, regional medical director of Structural Cardiology. Selke leads the expansion of its Structural Heart Program to add minimally invasive options for transaortic valve replacement (TAVR) and treatment of Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) and Patent Foramen Ovales (PFO).


Dr. Selke has been a pioneer in the expansion of innovative cardiac care, including the treatment of structural heart disease throughout West Michigan.  He performed the first percutaneous septal closure and the first TAVR procedures at Mercy Health.  His training included a fellowship in interventional cardiology with a structural heart focus at William Beaumont Hospital in Detroit.


Today’s announcement builds on Mercy Health’s agreement with University of Michigan Health in 2017, led by a team of established surgical heart experts, Drs. Richard S. Downey, M.D. and Nabeel G. El-amir, M.D. , to its West Michigan cardiovascular team.


“Michigan Medicine’s national leadership in cardiac surgery partnered with Mercy Health’s commitment to continually improving care close to home – supports our growing team in making significant advances in cardiovascular care for our patients,” Said Dr. F. Remington Sprague, chief medical officer, Mercy Health Muskegon.

Mercy Health, a leader in cardiovascular medicine in West Michigan, performs more than 350 cardiac surgeries annually, and offers a continuum of cardiovascular services including coronary artery bypasses, aortic/mitral valve repair and replacement, coronary angioplasties and stenting for acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina, cardiac pacing and defibrillator implantations, and post-procedure cardiac rehabilitation.

The Mercy Health cardiovascular team includes a comprehensive team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, specialized registered nurses and registered technicians who provide seamless care for West Michigan patients.


All physicians and staff participating in this program provide services in a manner consistent with Mercy Health’s Catholic mission and the Ethical & Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services.