Damon Draheim (right), was the program's 1,000th heart transplant recipient. Sam Hart (left), was the first patient to be transplanted at LDS Hospital in 1985.
About Heart Transplant
Heart transplantation is one of the most successful treatments for end-stage heart failure. When heart failure worsens to the point that the prognosis is poor despite the use of medications and pacemaker-type devices, heart transplantation should be considered. Careful screening by the transplant program will determine which patients are suitable candidates. To be listed with the national organization, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), patients have to be formally approved by the transplant program.
Heart transplant surgery and patient care at Intermountain Heart Institute serves as a national model, having achieved some of the highest survival rates in the nation. Some highlights about our program include:
- We were one of the very first cardiac transplant centers to be approved by Medicare.
- We are one of only a few programs to have performed over 1,000 cardiac transplant procedures.
- We have produced over 200 peer-reviewed publications.
- We have earned nearly $7 million in research grants.
- We have instructed over 57 heart failure/heart transplant trainees.
Since transplant medicine began in Utah, our team has contributed to the standard of care through extensive participation in clinical trials in immunosuppression. We have partnered with pathologists to become an international leader in understanding and classifying cardiac allograft (donor) rejection.
We are a member of The U.T.A.H. (Utah Transplantation Affiliated Hospitals) Cardiac Transplant Program, one of the most successful cooperative heart transplant programs in the nation. The program's unique model utilizes skill, expertise, and resources from four local hospitals:
- Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center
- Primary Children's Medical Center
- University Health Care
- The George E. Wahlen Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center