Health Department to open two new heart transplant programs

NEW YORK POST | Carl Campanile

The state Health Department is looking to open two new heart-transplant centers in the New York area — one at NYU Langone and the other at North Shore University Hospital, The Post has learned.

The move would mark the first expansion of Big Apple heart-transplant centers in nearly 20 years.

New York has among the lowest organ-donation rates in the country, and health officials say the opening of the two new transplant centers should help spur more heart donations.

“These programs will expand the availability of high-quality organ-transplant services, help increase donation and transplant rates, and improve the geographic accessibility of these programs, particularly for Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens residents,” said department spokesman Benjamin Rosen.

But the prosed expansion has raised eyebrows. New York-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai in Manhattan, Montefiore in The Bronx and Westchester County Medical Center all perform heart transplants.Continue reading

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