Jefferson Heart Transplant Program to Redesign Services
PHILADELPHIA —The Jefferson Heart Transplant Program plans to temporarily suspend procedures to begin significant redesign of the heart transplant program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
“Every facet of healthcare delivery in our country is changing, and transplant care is no exception,” said Jefferson Health Chief Medical Officer Anne Docimo, M.D., MBA. “We look forward to working with our hospital partners, affiliates and like-minded physicians and clinicians who share our vision to radically rethink how we care for patients with advanced heart failure – before, during and after transplant.”
This voluntary and temporary deactivation of the program will provide the time necessary for Jefferson to recruit additional surgeons and cardiologists, expand clinical support teams and evaluate physical plant and operational needs. A priority effort during this period will be the continued expansion of Jefferson’s clinical partnerships with heart failure programs and destination therapy centers throughout the region.
The hospital is working closely with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to ensure patients on the hospital’s heart transplant list are contacted directly regarding transition to other heart transplant programs in the area. Jefferson plans to reactivate its own program in six to nine months.
“No patient will lose their accumulated time on the wait list,” said Rohinton J. Morris, M.D., Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Jefferson Health and the Anthony E. Narducci Professor of Surgery at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. “Great efforts are being taken to ensure all Jefferson transplant recipients receive the ongoing care they require while our program is temporarily offline.”
Heart transplant employees and physicians will be involved in the operational, logistical and programmatic expansion of the program. All other transplant programs at Jefferson will continue without interruption.
Jefferson has a long history of transplant surgery innovation dating back to 1974 with its first kidney transplant. The Jefferson Transplant Institute now includes heart, kidney, liver and pancreas transplant programs. Jefferson surgeons perform more than 100 single organ transplant procedures each year.
“We are proud of our heart transplant program and the many lives we have saved and families we’ve touched. We regret our program must take a temporary pause for us to achieve the innovation we envision,” said Dr. Morris. “Expanding our program to better meet the needs of the regional transplant community and to increase both the number of patients and complexity of cases we can treat is a clinical imperative for our organization.”
Our newly formed organization, Jefferson, encompasses Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, representing our academic and clinical entities. Together, the people of Jefferson, 19,000 strong, provide the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educate the health professionals of tomorrow, and discover new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.
Jefferson Health comprises five hospitals, 17 outpatient and urgent care locations, as well as physician practices and everywhere we deliver care throughout the city and suburbs across Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pa., and Camden County in New Jersey. Together, these facilities serve nearly 73,000 inpatients, 239,000 emergency patients and 1.7 million outpatient visits annually. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia. Abington Hospital is the largest community teaching hospital in Montgomery or Bucks counties. Other hospitals include Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Center City Philadelphia; Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia; and Abington-Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township.
Thomas Jefferson University enrolls more than 3,800 future physicians, scientists, nurses and healthcare professionals in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC), Jefferson Colleges of Biomedical Sciences, Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, Population Health and is home of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.
For more information and a complete listing of Jefferson services and locations, visit www.jefferson.edu.
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