Two milestones: one-year anniversary of heart transplants, CMS accreditation

Two milestones: one-year anniversary of heart transplants, CMS accreditation

Author: Daniel Oseran, M.D., executive medical director, Providence Heart Institute, Oregon

Providence Heart Institute this month is celebrating our one-year anniversary of providing heart transplants on the Providence St. Vincent campus, having performed 17 transplants since the program began in July, 2020. In addition, we received certification on June 23, 2021, from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

One year of performing heart transplants

Launching a successful heart transplant program has required a huge team of dedicated people throughout Providence, and the heart transplant program’s success is everyone’s success.

In addition to caregivers and providers at the entire Providence St. Vincent campus and Providence Heart Institute, the credit for a successful heart transplant program goes to regional leaders, generous donors who have supported the heart institute for many years, community partners and many others.

Of particular note are cardiologists in the community who entrust Providence Heart Institute to  help care for their patients, whether for heart failure or for one of our many other cardiac services. We are honored to work as your partner in caring for your patients and their families.

Launching a heart transplant program was a large, complex undertaking. There were 1,000 to 1,500 hours of large team meetings during 18 months among Providence St. Vincent and Providence regional departments to launch the program. From the beginning, we knew this would require a significant commitment across nearly every department within the hospital, as heart transplant patients need a broad range of services to meet their complex care needs.

As Jill Gelow, M.D., medical director of our Providence Heart Transplant Program, put it so well: “Adding heart transplant isn’t like adding another service line. You have to develop a culture of transplant, and everyone in the hospital plays a role.”

Here is an example of the commitment required across a typical hospital/health system when launching a heart transplant program: