The Christ Hospital Health Network launches heart transplant program

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The Christ Hospital Health Network is expanding its capacity to care for heart failure patients.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States.  An estimated 6.5 million Americans live with heart failure and an additional 1 million are diagnosed with heart failure every year.

Roughly 8,000 Americans need a new heart to survive, but with the limited supply of donor hearts, only an estimated 3,500 transplants are performed.

The Christ Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute’s latest program expansion comes after the successful recruitment of two highly renowned heart transplant specialists with more than 50 years of combined experience.

“The Christ Hospital Heart Transplant Program will provide additional opportunities for local and regional heart failure patients who are in need of this life-saving procedure,” said President and CEO of The Christ Hospital Health Network, Debbie Hayes. “This expansion of our nationally renowned heart failure services is a key part of our strategy to improve the health of our community by providing everything it takes for patients and their families to receive exceptional care right here in Cincinnati.”

In preparation for the launch of the program, The Christ Hospital Health Network welcomed nationally recognized heart transplant specialists: Geetha Bhat, MD, Medical Director of The Christ Hospital Heart Transplant Program as well as Robert Dowling, MD, Surgical Director of The Christ Hospital Heart Transplant Program to the team of cardiovascular disease experts.

“We are thrilled to welcome both doctors to The Christ Hospital Health Network,” said MSCAI President of The Heart & Vascular Institute and Medical Director of The Christ Hospital Research Institute, Dean Kereiakes, MD, FACC. “Dr. Bhat has successfully established several nationally recognized heart transplant programs and is a well-respected transplant cardiologist. Dr. Dowling has more than 25 years of experience performing open-heart surgical procedures and has extensive expertise in heart transplantation.” 

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For questions regarding heart failure or scheduling with The Christ Hospital Heart Transplant Center, call 513-585-2493 or click here.

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