American College of Cardiology Awards Henry Ford Center for Structural Heart Disease Manager

March 12, 2018
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ORLANDO – The American College of Cardiology has awarded the program manager for the Henry Ford Center for Structural Heart Disease one of its highest honors.

Henry Ford Hospital’s Janet “Gigi” Fredal Wyman, DNP, RN, today received the 2018 Distinguished Associate Award at the ACC’s 67th Annual Scientific Sessions in Orlando. The group’s highest non-physician honor recognizes outstanding contribution to the cardiovascular profession.

“Janet Fredal Wyman’s dedication to improving cardiovascular health and enhancing patient care is a testament to her expertise and professionalism,” said ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. “Her hard work truly shows her determination to make a lasting positive impact in the cardiovascular field. I am proud to present her with the Distinguished Associate Award.”

The Distinguished Associate Award was awarded to 19 ACC medical professionals from thousands across the United States. Recipients are nominated by their peers and then selected by the American College of Cardiology Awards Committee for encouraging and nurturing the ACC’s team approach to cardiovascular care.

“Janet Wyman is an integral part of the success of the Center for Structural Heart Disease,” said center Medical Director William W. O’Neill, MD. “This honor is well-deserved for such a caring, driven and dedicated member of the team.”

Janet Wyman says helping those who are facing dire circumstances drives her work. The Henry Ford Center for Structural Heart Disease is a magnet referral center across Michigan and in the Midwest for patients with advanced heart disease and valve issues.

“It comes down to the patient and to the families, giving them a chance for life that they weren’t going to have,” she said. “The other piece is the innovation, things that haven’t been done before. Now we have these options for them.”

Janet Wyman, of Grosse Pointe Park, has been working with cardiology patients at Henry Ford Health System since 2000. She currently oversees the clinical process of more than 600 structural heart procedures annually. The Henry Ford Center for Structural Heart Disease recently completed the system’s 1,000 TAVR, a highly specialized catheter-based procedure to replace the heart’s aortic valve. Wyman has also been part of the center developing advanced valve treatments like the BASILICA and LAMPOON procedures under the direction of center co-director, cardiologist Adam Greenbaum, MD.    

About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, and Henry Ford cardiologist Akshay Khandelwahl, MD, is president of the ACC’s Michigan Chapter. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit acc.org.

About Henry Ford Health System
Henry Ford Health System is a six-hospital system headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. It is one of the nation's leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, recognized for clinical excellence and innovation. Henry Ford Health System provides both health insurance and health care delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive care services backed by excellence in research and education. Henry Ford Health System is led by President & CEO Wright Lassiter III. Visit HenryFord.com to learn more.

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