Cardiology Dr. Thomas Lalonde

Ascension St. John Hospital, part of Ascension Michigan, recently announced plans for a new hybrid catheterization laboratory thanks to a donation from a former patient. The hybrid catheterization lab will enhance current cardiovascular services at the hospital.

“We have always prided ourselves on delivering state-of-the-art cardiovascular care to our patients,” Thomas LaLonde, MD, Chief of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Services, Ascension St. John, told CBS Detroit. The donation “will provide additional access to advanced technology and allow our expert cardiology team to deliver the best possible percutaneous cardiovascular intervention.”

Thomas Mackey, 84, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, donated $1 million to the hospital. He has received healthcare services from Ascension St. John for years and he wanted to support the new catheterization lab because when he had a heart attack, he was treated by cardiologist Marc Gosselin, DO.

“I’m still here because of Dr. Gosselin’s expert care,” Mackey said. “I can’t say enough good things about him and the hospital.”

A hybrid catheterization lab combines the traditional functions of a cath lab with the surgical abilities of an operating room.

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