28 moves from top US heart centers in 2022

Here are 28 moves from the top heart centers across the nation throughout 2022:

  1. Cincinnati-based Mercy Health is consolidating its open-heart surgery program to two Ohio hospitals starting in mid-2023.

  2. Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital opened a heart center for amyloid conditions.

  3. The American Heart Association and Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital have partnered to develop a new digital health app for frontline healthcare workers.

  4. Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Center for Women's Health Research received $12.5 million to identify effective strategies for implementing pregnancy-related hypertension best practices in outpatient facilities.

  5. Dover, Del.-based Bayhealth is cutting heart failure readmissions by 67 percent through a pilot program that focuses on social determinants of health.

  6. Tampa (Fla.) General Heart & Vascular Institute is partnering with Recora, a technology company focused on cardiac rehabilitation, to provide a virtual cardiac recovery program to outpatients across 23 counties in Florida.

  7. Marietta, Ga.-based Wellstar Health System launched an aortic program designed to provide emergency and nonemergent care for aortic diseases.

  8. Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute's heart transplant team is using technology that keeps hearts viable for up to eight hours instead of the traditional four. (Note: On Dec. 2, Atrium finalized its merger with Advocate Aurora Health to form Advocate Health.)

  9. Cardiologists at Durham, N.C.-based Duke Health performed what is believed to be the world's first partial heart transplant by fusing the arteries and valves from a freshly donated heart onto an existing heart.

  10. Evanston, Ill.-based Northwestern University and Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University were awarded the first national grant to study wearables in atrial fibrillation treatment.

  11. The American Heart Association, in collaboration with The Joint Commission, launched a new certification July 1 to ensure effective care for patients experiencing cardiac events.

  12. Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Medical Center is the first hospital in the U.S. to receive The Joint Commission's Comprehensive Heart Attack Center Certification.

  13. The American Heart Association and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation are forming an alliance to expand educational opportunities in cardiovascular disease and interventional therapies.

  14. A physician-created, low-tech care strategy cut cardiac arrests in Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's pediatric intensive care units by 30 percent.

  15. A new program at the Stony Brook (N.Y.) Heart Institute is designed to care for patients with cardiogenic shock, the leading cause of death after a severe heart attack.

  16. The world's first heart transplant involving a donor and recipient who are both HIV-positive was performed at New York City-based Montefiore Health System's Bronx location.

  17. A team at NYU Langone Health transplanted two genetically engineered pig hearts into recently deceased humans to gather data on transplants between species and address a national organ shortage.

  18. NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., launched an interventional cardiology program.

  19. Atlantic Health System's Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center launched the first hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and sports cardiology fellowship in the U.S.

  20. Researchers at Smidt Heart Institute at Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai developed an algorithm that, for the first time, distinguishes between treatable and untreatable forms of sudden cardiac arrest.

  21. Researchers from Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai developed an artificial intelligence tool to predict patients' heart attack risk.

  22. Beaumont, Texas-based Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital began offering a new test aimed at detecting heart attacks earlier in women.

  23. Researchers at Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai's Smidt Heart Institute created an artificial intelligence tool that can identify and distinguish between two overlooked heart conditions: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and cardiac amyloidosis.

  24. Cardiologists from Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Baptist’s Brenner Children’s Hospital and Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital combined their efforts into a joint pediatric cardiology program.

  25. Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital did not perform a heart transplant on a patient who refuses to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

  26. The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association launched the Comprehensive Heart Attack Center Certification program Jan. 19 to advance care for the most complex and severely ill cardiac patients.

  27. Telemedicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine enabled a patient to receive a stroke diagnosis and treatment plan without actually going to the hospital.

  28. Baltimore-based University of Maryland School of Medicine clinicians performed the first successful transplant of a genetically modified pig heart in a patient with end-stage heart disease.

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