Divisions: CardiologyFor nearly a quarter of a century, the Northwest Ohio Congenital Heart Center (NOCHC) at Mercy Children's Hospital has provided comprehensive cardiovascular clinical care and education for all forms of congenital and acquired childhood heart disease. The cardiologists bring a diverse range of pediatric sub-specialty expertise covering all facets of diagnostic and interventional cardiology.
The focus of the required cardiology rotation is to prepare the resident for general pediatric practice or subspecialty fellowship. Much time is spent developing the residents' competencies in auscultation techniques in real and simulated cases, EKG interpretation, informing and educating families about congenital heart disease, and diagnosis and management of the common forms of heart diseases in children.
At Mercy Children's Hospital, state-of-the-art echocardiography is performed, allowing residents to experience the evaluation process in the fetus, child or adult with suspected heart disease. A completely digital cardiac catheterization suite is devoted entirely to diagnostic and interventional pediatric cardiac procedures, giving residents the opportunity to see new techniques in the field of cardiology. Residents are exposed to all other forms of cardiovascular testing, such as EKG, tilt table testing, stress testing, arrhythmia detection procedures, and pacemaker interrogation.
During the required pediatric cardiology rotation, residents work with the cardiologists on a very busy clinical service at inpatient and outpatient sites on the Mercy Children's Hospital campus and outreach clinics located in Monroe, MI, Tiffin, Defiance, Bryan and Fremont, OH. These clinics serve over 2,000 patients per year. In addition, cardiologists share coverage responsibility at seven area hospitals.
Mercy Children's Hospital also maintains a close working relationship with the pediatric cardiac and cardiothoracic surgical services at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This prestigious surgical program will be providing limited pediatric cardiac surgical care at Mercy Children's Hospital, enabling this center to grow with the assistance of a major pediatric surgical center.
William A. Suarez, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Gary Butchko, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics