Jewish Hospital/University of Louisville Program Helps Heart Failure Patients Avoid or Delay Transplant

3/12/2012

Media Contact(s):
Barbara Mackovic
Senior Manager
BarbaraMackovic@KentuckyOneHealth.org
Phone: 502-587-4230
Cell Phone: 502-641-5461
Direct Phone: 502-562-7075

Jill Scoggins
University of Louisville
Phone: 502-852-7461

WHO:                  Emma Birks, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Heart Failure, Transplant and Mechanical
                             Support Program at Jewish Hospital and Professor of Medicine University of Louisville            Mark Slaughter, M.D., Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University
                             of Louisville and Director of the Heart Transplant and Mechanical Assist Device
                             Program Jewish Hospital
                                  
WHAT:                 Announcing a groundbreaking treatment for advanced heart failure patients to avoid or
                             delay transplant. The “recovery protocol” has lead to the removal of left ventricular
                             assist devices (LVADs) in patients over the past 18 months. Other centers in the
                             United States plan to follow the life extending “recovery protocol.”

WHEN:               Monday, March 12, 2012 at 1 p.m. (EDT)

WHERE:             Jewish Hospital’s Rudd Heart & Lung Center
                             Hank Wagner Conference Center (CC)
                             201 Abraham Flexner Way
                             Louisville, Kentucky 40202

STREAMING
VIDEO:                The press conference will be streamed live at:
                              http://www.jhsmh.org/livestream

CONTACT:         Barbara Mackovic, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare, 502/569-4230 or 
                             502/641-5461, barbara.mackovic@jhsmh.org 
                             Jill Scoggins, University of Louisville, 502/852-7461, jill.scoggins@louisville.edu

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