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11.22.2011

UM/Jackson Heart Transplant Program Recognized as Top Transplant Center

The heart transplant program at the Miami Transplant Institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital has been recognized by HealthGrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, with the Heart Transplant Excellence Award.

HealthGrades evaluated 116 adult acute care hospitals nationally, and selected the UM/Jackson Heart Transplant Program along with two others for the award.

The program, under the leadership of Si M. Pham, M.D., professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Heart and Lung Transplantation, achieved excellent results.

Three years after receiving a transplant, 93 percent of heart recipients at the Miami Transplant Institute are still alive, compared with 82 percent across the nation. Patients on the heart transplant wait list also have a higher chance of receiving a transplant than at other centers, and after transplants they are able to return home sooner (nine and a half days versus 14 days nationally).

“The care for heart transplant recipients is highly complex. It needs a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, social workers, many other health care providers, and supporting institutions,” said Dr. Pham. “Most importantly, it needs organ donors. This achievement is a culmination of great teamwork, supporting institutions, and the altruism and generosity of people in our community.”

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