Congratulations! You have been referred to a heart transplant center or you have talked with your insurance carrier and they have recommended possible centers of heart transplant excellence. Hopefully the list below can tell you how active each center in each state is. Below is a list of active heart transplant centers and the number of heart transplants performed by those centers in 2010 and 2011. This is valuable information.
If you are diagnosed with end stage heart disease, ask your physician if he or she will recommend you for transplantation at a center. The list below will give you information about the volume of transplants these centers handle each year.
In my case, I was advised by my cardiologist and insurance company to enroll at a center where the heart transplantation team had plenty of experience and where the surgical team regularly practiced heart transplantation.
During the recovery and before the transplant, you will have much contact with caregivers and nurses. I sought a center where heart transplantation happened every week and where transplant patients were seen every day. While this experience is a valid concern, it is not the only one.
It will not take you long to assess the center’s activity level. When you attend your first consult, you will get a feel for the activity and the experience. Professionalism surfaces in a number of ways.
Before enrolling, you should be comfortable with the surgeon, the cardiologist and the support team. What is important is how the heart transplant clinic manages your wait and your recovery. Do not be shy about asking questions. If you cannot explain what will happen to your support team, you need to know more.
If I were entering a program today, I would want to meet all the physicians who will work with me. I would want to know how many transplant patients they have serviced. I want the center’s success rate. I would also make a point of visiting the recovery areas where you will spend at least 7 or 8 days after transplantation.
Try to meet the Infectious Disease staff, the Endocrinologists, the Neurology team, the eye, ear, nose and throat crew, the psychologist and anyone else the center thinks will be on the case. In my case, I have spent more time with these side effect departments than I have with cardiology.
I would ask the cardiologist what the survival rates on the table are, what the three-year survival rate is and what the five-year survival rate is. I would also ask the persons in the other departments how experienced they are working on heart transplant patients. You are going to invest a lot of money and a lot of yourself in this process. You have a right to know everything you can learn. I would read the center’s guide to transplantation several times over and list all questions.
One of the most critical decisions is how you will recover. You must first see where your insurance company wants you to go. If you are out of network, find out what “centers of excellence” are included in your coverage.
As I was out-of-network, I was given the opportunity to enroll at Columbia Presbyterian and later at Tampa General. If you will relocate to a center out of your geographic area, you will need to find a place near the hospital that can accommodate yourself and your support team.
For six-months, one of your support team will need to be at your side 24/7. I chose to rent very near Tampa General and we still maintain our apartment there. If Albany Medical Center had not ceased their transplant program, I would have had no choice but to stay in Albany.
There are many considerations about selecting a heart transplant center but the primary one is to discover what options you have through your insurance carrier; more about that before the end of the week. The information below is drawn for the OPTN website.
No OPTN data was available for Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska or Montana. No facilities in Hawaii are currently performing heart transplants. In New Mexico, the Presbyterian Hospital no longer provides heart transplantation services. If centers once performed transplants but no longer do, they are listed below the state’s name.
This information was drawn from the OPTN website.
|University of Alabama Hospital||24||28|
Banner Good Samaritan, The Phoenix Regional Medical Center,
Arizona and St. Joseph’s Hospital no longer provide heart transplant services in Arizona.
|Phoenix Children’s Hospital||0||2|
|Mayo Clinic Hospital||22||12|
In Arkansas, the UAMS Medical Center has halted heart transplantation services.
|Baptist Medical Center||11||7|
|Arkansas Children’s Hospital||20||24|
In California, Eisenhower Memorial Hospital, the UCI Medical Center, the Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital, UC Davis Medical Center, St Vincent Medical Center.
|Children’s Hospital of LA||2||3|
|Cedars – Sinai||75||70|
|Loma Linda University Medical||18||19|
|Louise Sutter Packard Children’s||14||13|
|California Pacific Medical Center||15||13|
|USCD Medical Center||14||13|
|University of Cal San Francisco||16||14|
|Sutter Memorial Hospital||7||10|
|Sharp Memorial Hospital||12||12|
|Stanford University Medical Center||21||28|
|UCLA Medical Center||50||44|
|Keck Hospital of USC||16||11|
The Memorial Hospital and the Presbyterian/ St. Lukes Medical Center no longer perform heart transplants
|Children’s Hospital of Colorado||13||6|
|The University of Colorado Medical Center||14||19|
|Yale New Haven Hosp||13||10|
|Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children||1||6|
District of Columbia
The Children’s National Medical Center, Georgetown University Medical School and the George Washington University Medical School have ceased heart transplantation programs.
|Washington Hospital Center||
In Florida, four hospitals have ceased performing heart transplants. Those hospitals are the Miami Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tallahassee Hospital and University Medical Center. There are six heart transplant centers still providing the miracle of heart transplantation.
|All Children’s Hospital||5||7|
|Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital||1||3|
|Jackson Memorial Hospital||27||24|
|Mayo Clinic Florida||26||20|
|Tampa General Hospital||53||47|
|Shands Hospital at U of Florida||41||23|
In Georgia, the Georgia Health Science Medical Center and the University Hospital have halted their heart transplant programs.
|Children’s Health Care in Atlanta||16||16|
|Emory University Hospital||29||19|
|St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta||19||8|
In Indiana, the Indiana University Medical Center has stopped providing heart transplantation services.
|Indiana University Health||21||20|
|Lutheran Hosp Ft Wayne||4||5|
|St. Vincent Hospital||20||19|
The Iowa City VA Hospital and Mercy Medical Center are no longer transplanting hearts.
|University of Iowa Hospital||10||14|
In Kansas both the University of Kansas Hospital and the Via Christi Medical Center have halted heart transplantation.
In Kentucky, the Columbia Audubon Hospital has halted heart transplant services.
|Kosair Children’s Hospital||2||1|
|University of Kentucky Hospital||6||10|
The Louisiana State University and the Willis-Knighton Medical Center have ceased heart transplantation surgery.
|Ochsner Foundation Hospital||25||22|
|Tulane University Medical Center||11||2|
|Maine Medical Center||42||37|
|University of Maryland Medical||12||5|
In Massachusetts, the UMass Medical Center has ceased heart transplantation procedures.
|Children’s Hospital of Boston||8||11|
|Massachusetts General Hospital||14||9|
|Tufts Medical Center||18||14|
|Brigham and Women’s Hospital||18||16|
The William Beaumont Hospital and the Harper University Hospital of Detroit have stopped providing heart transplantation services in Michigan.
|Children’s Hospital of Michigan||5||2|
|Henry Ford Hospital||10||8|
|University Of Michigan Medical Center||41||27|
The Rochester Methodist Hospital Has ceased heart Transplantation services.
|Abbott Northwestern Hospital||14||13|
|St. Mary’s Hospital – Mayo Clinic||26||25|
|The University of Minnesota Center||25||22|
|University of Mississippi||8||10|
The DePaul Health Center, the Menorah Health Center, the St. Louis University Hospital and The University of Missouri Hospital have stopped heart transplantation services.
|Barnes Jewish Hospital||29||32|
|Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospita||2||1|
|St. Louis Children’s Hospital||29||32|
|St. Lukes Hospital of KC||43||30|
Bryan LGH Medical Center East, Nebraska Health System and St. Joseph Hospital in Nebraska have ceased heart transplant services.
|Nebraska Medical Center||21||14|
In Nevada, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center no longer perform heart transplants.
|University Med Center of Southern Nevada||47||41|
|Mary Hitchcock Memorial||61||51|
|Newark Bet Israel Med Center||52||55|
|Robert Wood Johnson University||14||10|
In New York, the Albany Medical Center, the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, The Buffalo General Hospital and the Buffalo VA Hospital have stopped providing heart transplantation.
|New York Presbyterian Hospital||84||67|
|Strong Memorial Hospital||10||7|
|Montefiore Medical Center||25||23|
|Mount Sinai Medical Center||29||28|
|Westchester Medical Center||14||10|
In North Carolina, the Pitt County Memorial Hospital has ceased heart transplantation services.
|NC Baptists Hospital||10||7|
|Carolina Medical Center||21||16|
|Duke University Hospital||58||49|
In North Dakota, the Dakota Heartland Health System has ceased heart transplantation.
|Medcenter One Health System||11||14|
|Sanford Medical Center Fargo||29||22|
The University of Toledo and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center no longer provide heart transplantation.
|Cleveland Clinic Foundation||47||44|
|Nationwide Children’s Hospital||5||1|
|Children’s Hospital Medical Center||6||8|
|Ohio State University Medical Center||12||10|
|University Hospital of Cleveland||2||2|
The Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma, the OU Medical Center and Saint Francis Medical Center have all ceased heart transplant programs.
|Integris Baptist Medical Center||12||8|
|Providence Portland Medical Center||2||1|
|Oregon Health and Science University||22||16|
The Lankenau Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children have stopped heart transplantation operations.
|Allegheny General Hospital||31||20|
|Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh||15||9|
|Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia||11||8|
|Penn State Milton S. Hershey||14||4|
|Hahnemann University Hospital||11||7|
|University of Pittsburgh Hospital||45||22|
|Thomas Jefferson University Hospi||11||12|
|Temple University Hospital||4||2|
|Hospital at the University of PA||60||50|
|Rhode Island Hospital||49||43|
|Medical University of SC||17||21|
The Sanford Medical Center at University of South Dakota has halted transplantation.
|Avera McKennon Hospital||29||29|
LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, Methodist University Hospital, the University of Tennessee Medical Center have halted their heart transplant programs in the Volunteer State.
|Baptist Memorial Hospital||12||7|
|St. Thomas Hospital||8||10|
|Vanderbilt University Hospital||25||27|
In Texas, Brackenridge Hospitals, the Brooke Army Medical Center, the University Hospital, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Covenant Medical Center, the Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital and the Scott and White Memorial Hospital have ceased heart transplantation.
|Children’s Medical Center of Dallas||13||9|
|Seton Medical Center||13||7|
|Medical Dallas City Hospital||19||11|
|St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital||40||37|
|Methodist Specialty and Transplant||25||21|
|University of Texas Med Branch||5||4|
|The Methodist Hospital||19||24|
|University Hospital – St. Paul||22||22|
|Texas Children’s Hospital||22||22|
|Baylor University Medical Center||24||25|
The Salt Lake City VA Hospital no longer provides heart transplants.
|Intermountain Medical Center||16||9|
|University of Utah Med Center||15||13|
|Primary Children’s Medical Center||10||4|
|Fletcher Allen Health||45||32|
The Children’s Hospital of Kings Daughters and Henrico Doctors Hospital have halted heart transplantation services.
|Inova Fairfax Hospital||9||13|
|McGuire Veteran’s Medical Hospital||6||4|
|Sentara Norfolk General Hospital||10||11|
|University of Virginia HSC||21||12|
In West Virginia, the WV University Hospital has halted transplant services.
|Charleston Area Medical Center||37||30|
|Seattle Children’s Hospital||12||9|
|Sacred Heart Medical Center||10||8|
|University of Washington Medical Center||30||16|