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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System doctors recognized by the American Heart Association
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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System doctors recognized by the American Heart Association

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – (Nov. 7, 2013) – Two Saint Joseph Mercy Health System doctors were honored by the American Heart Association during its annual Washtenaw County Heart Ball held recently at the Michigan League.

Herbert Aronow, MD., a cardiologist with Michigan Heart, a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, received the Young Investigator Award for Excellence. Dr. Aronow was recognized for his exceptional work managing a demanding clinical practice while continuing to engage in research mainly on the safety of revascularization procedures. In addition, Dr. Aronow holds a number of leadership positions in multiple national professional organizations including serving as Michigan Governor-Elect for the American College of Cardiology.

Manak Sood, MD., section head of cardiothoracic surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, received the Cor Vitae (Heart of Life) award for community service. Dr. Sood was recognized for his efforts to educate the public on heart disease through his children's fiction novel entitled "A New Heart for Alex," as well as the educational tool Healthy Hearts 101, a hands-on program to teach local elementary school students the facts about smoking and heart disease. In addition, Dr. Sood, who has recently co-edited a book on robotic surgery entitled "Essentials of Robotic Surgery," was acknowledged for his performance and teaching of robotically-assisted, minimally-invasive cardiac surgery.

Dr. Sood received his award from former patient Nick Butman, pre-owned department manager and partial owner of the Gene Butman Ford Dealership in Ypsilanti. Several years ago, Butman severed the artery that leaves his heart and required an emergency operation, which was performed by Dr. Sood.

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 3,200 physicians.

SJMHS is a member of CHE Trinity Health, one of the largest Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 84 hospitals, 95 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.4 million visits annually. The organization was formed by the May 2013 consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Healthcare East.

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