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St. Francis a National Leader With Its LVAD Program

3 May, 2021
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Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) offers treatment for heart failure patients and is used as a bridge to transplantation or as destination therapy.

St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® has an impressive track record with LVAD, especially in terms of survival rates. Compare the national averages for LVAD use against those at St. Francis in 2020:

  • The average post-operative length of stay nationally is 24 days. At St. Francis, it is 14 days.
  • The average 30-day readmission rate is 22.9%. It is 0% at St. Francis.
  • The one-year survival rate nationally is 85.8%. It is 94% at St. Francis.
  • Preoperative critical cardiogenic shock is 13% nationally versus 44% at St. Francis.

St. Francis has done 54 LVADs over the past four years. “The program has had success due to teamwork and multidisciplinary expertise,” said Rita Jermyn, M.D., director of the Center for Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics at St. Francis Heart Center.

St. Francis partners with Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, to provide an easy transition for St. Francis patients who will undergo heart transplantation.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation with a St. Francis cardiologist, please call 1-888-HEARTNY.