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Heart Transplant Program at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute Performs 50th Heart Transplant

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February 25, 2008

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The Center for Heart Failure at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital reached another milestone in December of 2007.  While maintaining excellent patient outcomes, the heart transplant team performed its 50th heart transplant operation since Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Heart Transplant program was re-launched in 2005. Below are quotes from some of the team members as they reflect on this milestone.

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Cardiologist
Medical Director, Heart Transplantation
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Associate Professor, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine

"Medicare approval requires a 73 percent one-year survival rate. We attribute our 98 percent survival to the fact that we have a very experienced, highly skilled team with a great deal of depth."

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Cardiac Surgeon
Surgical Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Assistance
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine

"Fifty heart transplants is something to celebrate in and of itself. But what really makes us smile is that our heart transplant patients have a 98 percent survival rate one year out of surgery. The patient with advanced heart failure has long been underserved in the Chicagoland market. Our success is based on our individual approach for each patient. It is a privilege to be involved in this world class effort."  

Michelle C. Montpetit, MD
Cardiologist, Center for Heart Failure
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine

"As a new member of the transplant team, I have to say that I am impressed with the dedication of the transplant team members and of the patients.  That is why Northwestern's program has been successful."  

Kathleen L. Grady, PhD, APN/C-CNS
Administrative Director, Center for Heart Failure
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Associate Professor, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine

"It has been an extraordinary and wonderful journey from being United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) approved for our heart transplant program in early 2005 to having performed our 50th transplant at the end of 2007.  Our team is incredibly knowledgeable, talented, dedicated, and hard-working.  Success in achieving key outcomes in our heart transplant program of increased survival and improved quality of life, are most easily demonstrated in our outstanding 1-year survival rate and the return to normal life experiences by our patients who were otherwise facing imminent death due to their end-stage heart failure."   

Gina Ferguson, RN
Heart Transplant Coordinator, Center for Heart Failure
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

"The key to our program's success is an experienced, highly skilled transplant team that works to meet every need faced by transplant candidates. I am honored to be a part of this team and look forward to our continued success."

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Psychologist
Director, Cardiac Behavioral Medicine 
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine

"It's a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this team and to witness firsthand the emotional, behavioral, and spiritual transformations that our patients experience as they return to good health and a more active lifestyle.  Of all the talented individuals who make up the transplant team, it's the patients and their families who deserve the most credit. Our excellent outcomes no doubt reflect the commitment, motivation, and support extended by the patients and their families."

Contact

For more information regarding heart transplantation or to obtain a consultation, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 1-866-662-8467 (toll free).



 

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