Omaha, Neb – Coming off its busiest year yet, the heart failure and cardiac transplant program at The Nebraska Medical Center is adding to its reputation for excellence.
With a reputation for excellence, innovation and extraordinary patient care, The Nebraska Medical Center has earned J.D. Power and Associates’ Hospital of Distinction award for inpatient services for four consecutive years. It also received the 2010 Consumer Choice Award, a mark of patient satisfaction as selected by healthcare consumers and has achieved Magnet recognition status for nursing excellence, Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leader recognition, as well as the Award of Progress from the state of Nebraska’s Edgerton Quality Awards Program. As the teaching hospital for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, this 624 licensed bed academic medical center has an international reputation for providing solid organ and bone marrow transplantation services and is well known nationally and regionally for its oncology, neurology and cardiology programs. The Nebraska Medical Center can be found online atwww.nebraskamed.com
2010 was the first year the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) offered certification for heart failure and cardiac transplantation. Ioana Dumitru, MD, heart failure specialist and transplant cardiologist at the medical center was among the first group of cardiologists in the U.S. to earn the certification.
Earning the certification requires a specialist physician to demonstrate superior skills and knowledge in all areas related to cardiology including pulmonary hypertension and mechanical assist devices. She is one of just 250 physicians in the U.S. to earn this certification.
“This certification continues to demonstrate our commitment to extraordinary patient care,” said Jorge Parodi, executive director of cardiovascular and pulmonary services at The Nebraska Medical Center. “It also recognizes Dr. Dumitru’s commitment to excellence in her clinical specialty. All these accolades elevate our program to the highest level and continue to set a new standard for patient care.”
Dr. Dumitru believes her individual certification will lead to improvements in the medical center’s clinical, educational and research areas.
“It should give patients greater confidence about the standards of quality care we provide here,” she said. “It offers up the opportunity for growth in research. It will also allow us to create a fellowship to train other specialists in this area.”
In 2010, The Nebraska Medical Center performed 21 heart transplants, a 50-percent increase over 2009. Dr. Dumitru believes increased use of the recently approved mechanical assist devices have played a big role in the program’s growth. She also credits the transplant program’s expansion to the growing expertise and reputation for excellence at The Nebraska Medical Center and its academic and research partner The University of Nebraska Medical Center.