University of Kansas Hospital Plans to Restart Heart Transplant Program

The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City announced plans for a new heart transplant program.

The hospital has considered adding a heart transplant program since 2001, when it resumed open-heart surgeries and other procedures after the heart transplant program was shut down in 1995. The program had closed following an investigation that found the hospital had not performed heart transplants for 10 months and had turned down donor hearts, according to a KMBC report.

Recent volume increases and national recognition of its heart program by U.S. News & World Report and Thomson Reuters spurred the hospital to build a new heart transplant program. William Reed, MD, chair of the hospital's Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, and his wife, Mary Reed, donated $1.5 million to establish the transplant program.

The University of Kansas Hospital is also opening the new Center for Advanced Heart Care, which will focus on congestive heart failure, this summer.

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