OHSU plans to launch a new heart transplant program

OHSU's heart transplant program shut down last year after four cardiologists left.

Posted: Mar 15, 2019 2:51 PM
Updated: Mar 15, 2019 2:56 PM

Oregon Health & Science University announced Thursday that it plans to reactivate their heart transplant program. Their heart transplant program shut down last year after four cardiologists left.

Below is an excerpt from OHSU's press release.

All of the support elements for the Heart Transplant Program remain in place at OHSU. This includes heart transplant surgeons, nurses, coordinators and other staff.

To best serve all Oregon residents, a strong, comprehensive, state-of-the-art Heart Transplant Program should include the following:
1. Care for all Oregonians – Cutting-edge patient care that does not discriminate on the basis of insurance coverage and is grounded in public service.

2. Adult and pediatric capabilities -- The ability to address complex heart conditions for both adult and pediatric patients, ensuring the full continuum of care can be provided for all age ranges.

3. Multi-organ failure capabilities -- On-site access to the expertise and capabilities offered by other organ transplantation programs, including liver, kidney and pancreas, which are essential for effective outcomes in patients with multiple-organ failure.

4. Unmatched expertise -- A deep bench of transplant surgeons, critical care specialists and advanced heart failure transplant cardiologists experienced in pre- and post-operative care, whose commitment to training future cardiologists and surgeons requires consistent sharing of expertise, continuous evaluation of current services to ensure best practices and the advancement of that knowledge.

5. Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit -- A 24/7 intensive care unit that manages only the sickest cardiovascular patients.

6. Level 1 Trauma -- The highest level of 24/7 lifesaving trauma care for patients in urgent need of highly specialized cardiovascular care, including those with heart failure.

7. Clinical trials -- The ability to immediately connect heart transplant patients with an extensive and robust array of clinical trials that provide the most advanced treatment options possible to support and improve their care.

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