The Nebraska Medical Center and UNMC celebrated a significant milestone June 2, by pulling together patients, physicians and medical staff to mark the 100th heart transplant performed since the program was re-established in 2005.
Jorge Parodi, executive director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services, noted that as a hospital we often measure the success of a program in “survival rates or quality of life measurements,” but in looking around at the event he said, “It is evident the success of this program is measured in moments and receiving the opportunity to spend more time with your loved ones, your family and your friends.”
The night was filled with unscripted speeches from patients as many took to the microphone to recognize the physicians and staff who had done so much to help them through their transplant journey. One patient in particular, acknowledged that it is very rare in life that you meet a physician who will go above and beyond for your care, but that every physician he met at The Nebraska Medical Center did just that for him. In turn, Ioana Dumitru, MD, medical director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Program, emphasized the strength of patients who place their faith in the team of physicians and staff to help heal and treat them.
The milestone serves as proof of the extraordinary care patients receive from the outstanding team of physicians, nurses and their support staff at the medical center. Many patients identified one of the most critical aspects to their health recovery as the opportunity to be at home with family and friends. All were relieved to find out they would be in the hands of expert medical staff trained in advanced cardiac failure with the stability of being in a comfortable and familiar setting.
While the 100th heart transplant is significant, the team is not slowing down. “Six months ago when we starting planning this celebration we were at 90 heart transplants and I was a little concerned we wouldn’t make it to 100,” said Parodi. “But I am happy to announce that as of today we have performed 109 heart transplants at The Nebraska Medical Center,” said Parodi.
With the continued growth and expansion of the cardiac failure team and the Heart Transplantation Program it is not hard to imagine the celebration for the 200th heart transplant will be here before we know it.