April 2015
Mercy Hospital welcomes two new specialists

Two new physician specialists are working in conjunction with Gateway Family Health Clinic and Mercy Hospital to bring additional healthcare expertise to patients in the area.


Dr. Noah Chelliah, Interventional Cardiologist, and Dr. John E. Schmitt, Otolaryngology, both see patients at Gateway Clinic and perform procedures at Mercy Hospital.


“Dr. Chelliah and Dr. Schmitt are both terrific additions to healthcare available locally,” commented Mike Delfs, Mercy Hospital CEO. “Both physicians bring a level of expertise and treatment options not offered before within the community.”


Dr. Chelliah is a triple board-certified interventional cardiologist with 32 years of practice experience. Unlike many cardiologists who require patients to travel to a larger hospital for procedures, Dr. Chelliah provides selected advanced cardiac procedures to patients in their community hospital.  He specializes in implanting pacemakers, implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs), and biventricular pacing and defibrillator devices.


Using sophisticated technologies and working with a certified physician’s assistant with special training in vascular surgery, Dr. Chelliah is able to safely perform these implant procedures in a rural hospital.


“Using a team approach, we have performed close to 60 such complex implant procedures over the last 18 months in a rural hospital/surgical center setting with great success and a perfect safety record,” he said. Recently, he successfully completed his first two implant procedures at Mercy, including Mercy’s first implant of a Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) device in a heart failure patient.


Dr. Chelliah sees patients once a month at Gateway Family Health Clinic. Appointments with Dr. Chelliah are made through referral from a patient’s primary physician.


Dr. Schmitt is a board-certified ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist with over 30 years of experience. His scope of practice includes the medical and surgical management of adult and children’s diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, sinuses, larynx, mouth, throat and related structures. He also conveniently provides any needed surgical procedures right at Mercy.


Dr. Schmitt sees patients every Monday at Gateway Clinic. Appointments with Dr. Schmitt can be made by calling 218.485.5896. No referral is needed.


Mercy brings specialists to Moose Lake, allowing patients to receive needed care close to home. In addition to Dr. Chelliah and Dr. Schmitt, patients have access to the following specialists:

  • Dr. Mark Gregerson (Orthopedics)
  • Dr. Thomas Stillwell (Urology)
  • Dr. Thomas Nelson (General/Colorectal Surgery)
  • Dr. Sharon Gossett (General Surgery)
  • Dr. Skott Nielsen, (Gynecology)
  • Dr. Jeffrey Weis (Ophthalmology)
  • Dr. David McKee (Neurology)
  • Dr. Christopher Phillips (Podiatry)
  • Dr. Jonathan Sande (Oncology)
  • Chemotherapy and Infusion Services


For more information, call Mercy at 218.485.4481.


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