News releases

May 17, 2024

New imaging software improves lung diagnosis for 30% of patients who can't tolerate contrast dye; has added diagnostic benefits for all patients

Southfield, Mich., May 17, 2024 – For up to 30% of patients who are allergic to medical contrast dye or have a dye restriction because of other health conditions, they might find that it takes longer to get a diagnosis when it comes to life-threatening lung issues such as pulmonary embolism. That’s because imaging methods that detect lung problems but don’t use contrast dye aren’t as accurate and can be more time-consuming to administer.

May 16, 2024

High School Students Help Save Teacher Who Experienced Sudden Cardiac Arrest

During a student-teacher basketball game March 22, beloved Oak Park Schools coach and physical education teacher, Al Kattola, collapsed due to sudden cardiac arrest.

Within seconds, Isreal DuBose, a 17-year-old Oak Park student, assessed the situation and initiated the chain of survival with the help of Oak Park staff. The chain of survival begins with calling 911, providing early CPR followed by rapid defibrillation.

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“Until something happens, you don’t know how you’ll react,” said DuBose, who also works as a patient transporter at Corewell Health in Royal Oak and plans to study nursing, followed by general surgery. “I’m so proud and grateful I was able to be there, act quickly and start delivering compressions right away.”

April 29, 2024

Corewell Health names new president for Corewell Health in Southwest Michigan

Natalie Baggio, RN, will become the new president of Corewell Health in Southwest Michigan, effective July 1. She will report to the system’s Chief Operating Officer, Darryl Elmouchi, M.D., and also will actively engage with the health system’s leadership team.

Baggio currently serves as senior vice president, chief nursing executive and chief operating officer for Corewell Health in Southwest Michigan.

Natalie Baggio, RN, President of Corewell Health in Southwest Michigan
April 25, 2024

First class of Corewell Health Nurse Scholars to graduate from Grand Valley State University

Grand Rapids, Mich., April 25, 2024 – The inaugural class of Corewell Health’s Grand Valley State University Nurse Scholars Program will graduate Saturday, April 27, as part of a partnership between Corewell Health™ and Grand Valley State University.

Graduates of the program receive up to $20,000 in scholarship funds and must agree to two years of continual full-time employment with Corewell Health hospitals in West Michigan.

March 22, 2024

Corewell Health names new president for Corewell Health - Southeast Michigan

Corewell Health will welcome Lamont Yoder, RN, as the new president of Corewell Health - Southeast Michigan, effective May 6. He will be reporting to the system’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, and will also serve as a member of Corewell Health President & CEO Tina Freese Decker’s senior leadership team.

Lamont Yoder white male in dark sport coat with blonde hair and glasses

Yoder joins Corewell Health from Banner Health in Arizona, one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country, where he currently serves as division president of 13 of the system’s 30 hospitals.

February 29, 2024

Corewell Health Uses Virtual and Augmented Reality in Neurosurgery

Royal Oak, Mich., February 29, 2024 – Corewell Health™ in Southeast Michigan is using virtual and augmented reality technology to enable patients to “tour” their own brains and assist physicians with planning and surgery. Corewell Health is the first and only health system in Michigan to use Surgical Theater’s eXperiential Reality platform in neurosurgery cases.

February 21, 2024

Corewell Health Among First in Nation to Use Novel Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

Grand Rapids and Royal Oak, Mich., Feb. 21, 2024 – Corewell Health™ is the first health system in the Midwest to successfully treat patients with an innovative technology that uses pulsed electric fields to address atrial fibrillation.

The procedures took place on Thursday, Feb.15, at Corewell Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids and at Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital in Royal Oak.

February 19, 2024

Major Area Health Care Partners Announce $50 Million Gift to Advance Children’s Medical, Rehabilitative and Mental Health Care

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 19, 2024 – Today, leadership from Corewell Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation, and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services came together to announce a landmark $50 million gift from the DeVos Family. This gift furthers the DeVos Family’s longstanding commitment to the health and well-being of children and fosters continued partnerships between the three health care organizations.

January 12, 2024

Corewell Health opens its first full-service, school-based clinic in Detroit at Detroit Edison Public School Academy

Detroit, Mich., January 12, 2024 – Corewell HealthTM and Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA) today will announce the grand opening of a new school-based clinic in Detroit that will provide students with access to a comprehensive range of medical services and mental health counseling. The clinic will help address the health care needs of the community, where access to medical and behavioral services has historically been limited.

January 11, 2024

Corewell Health Announces Changes to Board of Directors, Appoints New Chair

GRAND RAPIDS and SOUTHFIELD, Mich., January 11, 2024 – Today, Corewell Health™ announced changes to its board of directors, including the introduction of two new members, the appointment of a new chair and vice chair, and the departure of three founding board members.

Two new directors began three-year terms on Jan. 1, 2024: Joseph J. Fifer, former president and CEO of the Healthcare Financial Management Association; and Robert Williams, M.D., retired family physician and health services researcher.

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