MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WXOW)- Children’s Minnesota announced its Heart Failure and Heart Transplant program received certification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The hospital first launched the heart transplant program in 2018, after being certified by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), as it allowed Children’s Minnesota to begin performing heart transplantation services.
The hospital stated it performed its first heart transplant later that same year. Since then, Children’s Minnesota said it has performed six heart transplants and provides cardiac care to the majority of pediatric cardiovascular patients in the region.
Additionally, the program provides advanced heart failure therapies, including medical management and ventricular assist device (VAD) placement.
Medical director of the Heart Failure and Heart Transplant program Erik Edens stated he believes the hospital needed to add heart transplant capabilities in order to best serve its patients.
“As the only program in the state dedicated exclusively to treating pediatric cardiovascular patients, we will now be able to offer the specialized expertise needed to care for patients throughout every stage of their journey,” said Edens.
Congenital heart surgeon and surgical director of Transplantation Dr. Robroy MacIver agreed, stating the program is committed to advancing the field of cardiac care through research and innovation.
“We are proud of the team’s work to launch this program and look forward to helping children across the region in need of cardiovascular care,” said MacIver.