June 2009

Jewish Hospital Receives Ventricular Assist Device Certification

Louisville, KY

Jewish Hospital was granted certification by The Joint Commission as an approved facility to use ventricular assist devices as permanent support for patients who have severe heart failure. Only 64 facilities in the U.S. have this certification. The use of long-term mechanical circulatory support is known as “destination therapy,” which is used when a patient is not a candidate for transplantation. A ventricular assist device is a pump that helps the heart pump blood through the body in patients who have congestive heart failure. For more information, contact Barbara Mackovic, barbara.mackovich@jshmh.org.