Friday, October 1, 2010

Client News: Jewish Hospital Opens Kentucky’s Most Comprehensive Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiothoracic Transplantation

Source: Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare Press Release 

Louisville, Ky.—Jewish Hospital today announced the opening of The Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiothoracic Transplantation, Kentucky’s most comprehensive center dedicated to the treatment of advanced heart failure and other cardiac-related services.  The new center is located on the 10th floor of the Rudd Heart & Lung Center on the hospital’s main campus.  It will be a single convenient location for:
• Initial evaluation for advanced heart failure
• Heart transplant clinic
• Ventricular Assist Devices or VADs (including bridge-to-transplant and destination therapy)
• Lung transplant clinic
• Access to clinical trials
Cardiovascular diseases, such as heart failure, are the leading cause of death in Kentucky, accounting for a third of all deaths in the state.  This Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiothoracic Transplantation is the first center in the region dedicated to a full continuum of care for patients suffering from advanced heart failure in a single location.
Jewish Hospital does more heart procedures than any other facility in the state and has long been a pioneer in heart care and cardiothoracic transplantation.  The first adult heart transplant in Kentucky was performed at the hospital in 1984 and first heart/lung transplant in 1988.
“Jewish Hospital has achieved many firsts in heart and lung care throughout our history,” said Marty Bonick, president/CEO of Jewish Hospital Medical Campus. “We’re pleased to further that tradition with the opening of The Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiothoracic Transplantation, which will enable us to further our mission of providing the highest quality care and a strong emphasis on research and education.”
“The Center is a great opportunity for Louisville and Kentucky residents, allowing patients access to advanced comprehensive care,” said Mark Slaughter, M.D., director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Assist Device program at Jewish Hospital.  “We offer the most complete range of diagnostic and intervention heart care services available anywhere in the state. Our team will care for patients throughout their treatment protocol from evaluating treatment options to rehabilitation.”

Transplant and VAD coordinators will walk the patients through every step of a transplant or VAD. Research managers will manage multiple clinical trials, ensuring that patients have access to the latest medical advancements, such as Levacor, HeartWare II, and C-Pulse VADs that are currently underway at Jewish Hospital.  In addition, physicians are on site holding clinics for interested patients.

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