8 moves from innovative heart centers

Here are eight programs, initiatives, procedures and studies by some of the innovative heart centers in the country:

  1. Twenty-six health systems and hospitals throughout the Midwest and the East joined the American Heart Association's heart failure and patient care initiative.

  2. Three Ascension hospitals were part of a global study that found a more effective way to treat ischemic strokes.

  3. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Stanford Medicine Children's Health completed a 10-year study to find ways to shorten wait times for pediatric heart transplants.

  4. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Heart Center successfully inserted a pacemaker into a premature baby.

  5. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is opening a first-of-its-kind mental health center for families affected by congenital heart disease.

  6. Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare partnered with Story Health, a technology company, to provide specialty care for patients with heart failure.

  7. Puyallup, Wash.-based MultiCare's Pulse Heart Institute partnered with DispatchHealth to reduce congestive heart failure patient readmission to 6.8 percent.

  8. Chesapeake (Va.) Regional Medical Center was approved to launch an open-heart surgery program.

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