Northwestern Memorial’s Heart Transplant Program No. 1 in Illinois and Among Highest-Rated Nationally
Hospital’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute achieves milestone outcomes for heart transplant
“We are very proud of the collaborations and diligent focus of our multi-disciplinary transplant team,” said
Many patients transfer to the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute from outside institutions for heart transplantation surgery. “The partnership that we have forged with outstanding community programs has been largely responsible for our growth,” commented
“The collective expertise of Northwestern Memorial’s established transplant program helps the heart transplant team thrive. Because we are able to leverage an established infrastructure and system for organ transplantation, our expert heart surgeons and cardiologists are positioned to be equally successful,” commented
Northwestern Memorial’s Center for Heart Failure has a 97 percent one year survival rate for heart transplantation. This ranks among the highest in the state of
Heart transplantation is an option for patients who are experiencing end-stage heart failure that can no longer be controlled by medications and other therapies. Each year only about 2,000 donor hearts become available which means that transplantation is not an option for a majority of patients. Experts at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute are committed to finding alternative life-extending therapies for patients, and many patients awaiting a transplant may benefit from heart assist devices. These devices help the heart to pump blood to the body’s organs and serve as bridge to transplantation while significantly improving the patient’s quality of life.
During the past three years there has been a steady increase in the volume of assist devices that are implanted at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, which is a trend that is being seen nationally as well. The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offers the latest clinical trials for devices and drugs that help to ensure that patients receive the best possible care for heart failure and heart transplantation.
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Northwestern Memorial possesses nursing Magnet Status, the nation’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence, and it is listed in 10 clinical specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 “America’s Best Hospitals” guide. For nine years running, it has been rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. The hospital is a recipient of the prestigious National Quality Health Care Award and has been chosen by Chicagoans as their “most preferred hospital” according to the National Research Corporation’s annual survey for 10 years.
SOURCE Northwestern Memorial Hospital