Firsts & Facts

Firsts & facts BMC: A Leader in Michigan

  • BMC is the only hospital in southwest Michigan to have a comprehensive OR monitoring program for surgeries of the brain, spinal cord and carotid endarterectomies.

  • BMC ranks No. 1 in behavioral medicine admits in southwest Michigan.

  • No other hospital in southwest Michigan has a comprehensive behavioral medicine program like that at Borgess.

Cardiac Services
Cardiac: Firsts and Facts

  • First Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) closure procedure in southwest Michigan, Vishal Gupta, MD, MPH, 2008

  • First catheter-based gene therapy study in Michigan, Michael Lauer, MD, 2004.

  • First and only HDL mimetic (Esperion) trial site in southwest Michigan.

  • First in southwest Michigan to perform an alcohol septal ablation cardiac procedure for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Tim Fischell, MD, 2003.

  • First inpatient and outpatient heart failure program in southwest Michigan, Anthony King, MD.

  • First accredited fourth year interventional cardiology fellowship program in southwest Michigan, Tim Fischell, MD.

  • First Radiation Center for the treatment of in-stent restenosis, established in southwest Michigan, 2001.

  • First Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) for treatment of angina in Michigan, November 2000.

  • First carotid artery stenting program in southwest Michigan, Tim Fischell, MD, 1997.

  • First open-heart program in southwest Michigan.

  • First stents in cardiac angioplasty in southwest Michigan.

  • First implant radioactive isotope stent in World, Tim Fischell, MD.

  • First transmyocardial revascularization [TMR].

  • First hospital in southwest Michigan to implant Heparin and Sirolumus coated stents for clinical trials.

  • First community-hospital based Cardiac Rehabilitation & Exercise Testing Center, 1975.

  • First nuclear pacemaker implantation in Michigan, 1972.

  • First computerized EKG readout and evaluation system in state, 1970.

Cardiac: World Leader

  • Design and patent of BX Velocity Stent, 2000.

  • Cardiac radiation therapy research, Dr. Fischell, 1998.

Cardiac: Borgess Does More

  • BMC takes care of more hearts than any other hospital in southwest Michigan.

  • BMC ranks No. 1 in cardiology/cardiac surgery admits for women 35+ in southwest Michigan, 2005.

  • BMC offers more heart education programs than any other hospital in southwest Michigan.

Neuro Sciences
Neuro: Firsts and Facts

  • First in southwest Michigan to offer and conduct GliaSite Therapy for malignant brain tumors - (internal radiation therapy), 2003.

  • First in southwest Michigan to offer minimally invasive treatment options for aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), stroke and vertebrae fractures through Neurointerventional Surgery & Diagnostic Services practice. These interventional techniques also allow chemotherapy to be delivered directly to some tumors as part of cancer treatment, 2002.

  • Borgess Medical Center and Borgess Research Institute - First facilities in Michigan to receive full FDA approval (i.e., non-conditional) to conduct STN-DBS for Parkinson's disease.

  • First deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus for patients with Parkinson's disease in southwest Michigan, October 2000.

  • First deep brain stimulation of the thalamus for essential tremor patients in southwest Michigan, September 1999.

  • Joint effort with BMC, Neurosurgery of Kalamazoo and WMCC: First Stereotactic Radiosurgery in southwest Michigan, 1998.

  • First Gliadel Wafer [chemotherapy for Glioblastoma Multiforme] insertion into brain tumor site in southwest Michigan, 1997.

  • First ME-Spectroscopy in southwest Michigan, January 1996.

  • First Stereotactic Frameless “Regulus” surgery in southwest Michigan was performed, 1995.

  • First Transcranial Cerebral Doppler in southwest Michigan, September 1994.

  • First Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Team in southwest Michigan formed, September 1993.

  • First “Easy Street” rehabilitation unit in southwest Michigan, August 1993.

  • First neuro rehabilitation unit in southwest Michigan, July 1992.

  • First MR-Angio in southwest Michigan, April 1991.

  • First Stereotactic Biopsy-Craniotomy in southwest Michigan was performed, 1988.

  • First in southwest Michigan to conduct frameless stereotactic neurosurgery.

  • First Sensory Evoked Potentials in southwest Michigan, 1988.

  • First MRI in southwest Michigan, December 1985.

  • First Digital Subtraction Angiography in southwest Michigan, August 1982.

  • First Intracranial Pressure Monitoring done in southwest Michigan, 1976.

  • First Ventriculostomy Intracranial Pressure Monitoring done in southwest Michigan, 1975.

  • First Transitional Care Unit [TCU] in southwest Michigan opened, March 1973. TCU evolved into the neuro intensive care unit.

  • First Percutaneous Cerebral Angiogram in southwest Michigan, Russell Mohney, MD, 1966.

  • First pneumoencephalogram chair to southwest Michigan, Russell Mohney, MD, 1966.

  • First Electromyography [EMG] in southwest Michigan, 1965. Performed by Dr. Mohney who brought his own machine to BMC.

Neuro: Only in Southwest Michigan

  • BMC has the only neuro intensive care unit in southwest Michigan.

Neuro: Borgess Does More

  • BMC ranks No 1. in neurosurgery admits for women 35+ in southwest Michigan, 2005.

Neuro: Points of Differentiation

  • Cavatron Ultrasonic Aspirator [CUSA]: BMC was third in the U.S. to obtain this machine, 1974.

  • Area leader in neuro-related drug research, i.e., stroke and Alzheimer’s.

  • Long-standing program – advanced neuro program dates back more than 30 years.