The Central Michigan Community Hospital family grew by one recently with the addition of vascular and endovascular surgeon Dr. Kenneth Granke.
Granke will be a leader in the CMCH Heart and Vascular Center, 1221 S. Drive, which opened its doors in mid-summer 2010, said Nicole Sanders, CMCH marketing and communications manager.
Granke works to help patients who suffer from problems with blood vessels, such as peripheral artery disease and varicose veins. His focus is on minimally invasive surgery, and in his research at the University of West Virginia, he co-invented a stent technology that allows medicine to be released from the stent to prevent scar tissue.
The mission of McLaren Health Care, which CMCH is a subsidiary of, boils down to quality outcomes and cost, and Granke said he is in full support of that mission.
“I like being driven by the right answer, not by the answer that makes the most money,” he said.
Granke said he likes being able to give his patients a second chance. Patients who are reffered to his care have been lifelong smokers, people who have fallen into a sedimentary routine, and those with high cholestorol, he said.
One aspect of work Granke said he enjoys is how the procedures he is performing often leave patients with a new perpective on how to live their lives.
Granke said his patients can see results quickly, but warns of what can happen if they don’t make a change.
“I can fix your arteries, but you’ve got to exercise,” he said.
Granke has already been pre-approved to teach at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, with the first class scheduled to begin in summer 2013.
“The (College) of Medicine has made it easier for us to recruit top talent,” Sanders said.
Granke was recruited to the area after previously working at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, and before that working in southeastern Michigan and West Virginia.
He said he is looking forward to integrating himself in the area.