PORTLAND, Oregon – The Only Hospital in Oregon to Abruptly Offer Heart Transplants The program closed on Friday, leaving nearly two dozen patients on the waiting list for out-of-hospital treatment Apply for and hundreds others in the aftercare.
She came just two days after the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland said that it shelved its program for two weeks when it tried to replace three heart failure transplant cardiologists who had left by September 30 or would be.
The decision of the leaders of the 32-year program is unusual. Nationwide, only a handful of other heart transplant programs have closed due to staffing issues or poor success rates.
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston temporarily closed its world-famous program in June after The Houston Chronicle and ProPublica had studied the project's departure for several key doctors and an unusual number of patient deaths in a few years.
Hospitals in Philadelphia, South Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee have also suspended their programs, but all have since reopened, the Oregonian / Oregonlive reported earlier
In Oregon, doctors go out for family and personal reasons, OHSU said ,
The hospital initially said it would not accept donor hearts, perform transplants, or accept or evaluate new heart transplant patients for 1
But on Thursday, the Oregonian / OregonLive reported that the last doctor would go as well.
The hospital said in a statement on Friday that all 20 patients on their waiting list are transferred to programs in other hospitals or have decided not to transfer, but to wait.
OHSU aggressively recruited cardiac specialists, but it was unclear whether or when the program would
The University of Washington said eight patients had already been admitted to their program in Seattle.
A further 327 patients who underwent surgery will be evaluated to find the best way forward, Oregon Hospital said. Five others, who were screened for possible inclusion in the heart transplant waiting list, met with the staff to decide what to do.
The hospital also encouraged patients with left ventricular assist devices, or LVADs, to seek help elsewhere. The devices keep the heart pumping as it weakens and acts as a bridge to a heart transplant.
The hospital's other cardiac programs and liver, kidney, and pancreas transplant programs were unaffected.
The hospital in Portland performed 30 heart transplants through last year, compared to 18 in 2016, according to federal data. On the national transplant list, 3,930 people are waiting for new hearts.
The facility is not the first one to have problems with their heart transplant program.
In 2016, the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia discontinued its program for several months while recruiting new surgeons and cardiologists, the newspaper reported
The Medical University of South Carolina stopped its program in 2014 after one patient died and other transplant recipients had weak hearts. It resumed the following year.
St. Thomas Health of Nashville discontinued its heart transplant program in 2011, when key employees left the company. It took me five years to restart it.