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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor to be featured in first of four-part medical show

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) invites viewers to tune in to ABC for the premiere of its first television show. Discover Remarkable: At the Heart of Medicine is a 30-minute four-part medical series that will air during primetime on ABC at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 30. During the show, health reporter Lila Lazarus will host a live web chat with cardiothoracic surgeon Manak Sood, MD and cardiologist Giridhar Vedala, MD on, until 9 p.m.

Click here to view the show’s promotional commercial.

During the show, Dr. Manak Sood performs groundbreaking da Vinci robotic heart bypass procedures on two patients. Viewers get to know Sood as a surgeon, father, colleague and friend. Viewers will also step into the lives of two heart patients.

They will meet Joseph Matt before his surgery and hear from his wife her worries as she awaits the outcome in the family waiting room. The audience is invited into the operating room during Joseph's actual procedure, and will be taken to his home after he is discharged. The second patient, John Burkhardt, talks about his progress following robotic heart bypass surgery. He describes the fear and concern before the operation and ultimately complete gratitude for the technology and skilled resources available at St. Joe's.

“Discover Remarkable tells the real stories of the patients, medical and support teams of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System whose lives intersect for a brief, yet intimate time,” shares Michele Szczypka, regional chief marketing officer for Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. “The first episode features exciting da Vinci robotic heart bypass procedures. Additional episodes will feature our groundbreaking robotics technology by showcasing the patients and medical teams throughout our Saint Joseph Mercy Health System hospitals.”

“We hope viewers will enjoy Discover Remarkable: At The Heart of Medicine,” concludes Szczypka.