FLORIDA HOSPITAL HEART TRANSPLANT PROGRAM NOW BUSIEST IN SOUTHEAST U.S.

WMFE | Abe Aboraya

The Bartch House at Florida Hospital offers transplant patients and their families a low-cost place to stay. Florida Hospital Medical Center did the most heart transplants in 2016 in the southeastern United States.
Florida Hospital Medical Center did the most heart transplants in 2016 in the southeastern United States.

Titusville resident Kevin Grady became the 100th Central Floridian to get a new heart beat. It was a record year for Florida Hospital Medical Center.

Grady got a heart transplant last Christmas after waiting for a year.

“Dr. (Nirav) Raval called, actually I was on the golf course,” Grady said. “And he asked if I had opened all my presents and I said yes. He said well, I think we’ve got one here for you. He said we got a heart.”

Florida Hospital did 52 transplants in 2016. That’s more than any other heart transplant program in the southeast region, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. That means Florida Hospital Medical Center did more heart transplants than any center in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Researchers have found that high risk heart transplant patients do better at high volume transplant centers doing at least 15 transplants annually. Florida Hospital has quickly ramped up its heart transplant program to a high volume program. It did six heart transplants in its first year in 2012, and did 52 in 2016. Continue reading


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