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Heart Transplant Mortality Rates
OSU Medical Center Expected Rate vs. Expected National Average Rate

17.14%
OSUMC Expected Rate
26.69%
Expected National Average Rate*

* Source: University HealthSystem Consortium

Since completing our first heart transplant in 1986, The Ohio State University Medical Center has been the only adult heart transplant center in central Ohio.

At Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital, we focus on the physical, psychological, emotional and social needs of patients with end-stage heart disease through transplantation and post-transplant care.

Our team of researchers was among the first in the nation to evaluate the use of cyclosporine, a drug that suppresses the immune system and dramatically improved the success of organ transplantation.

Our research teams are currently studying new methods to lengthen the amount of time a heart remains viable for transplantation and are constantly exploring new ways to improve the transplant experience for patients.

Ohio State's Comprehensive Transplant Center, central Ohio’s only adult transplant center, is a national leader both in success rates and in the number of transplants performed.

In 2008, the expected mortality rate was 26.69 percent but OSU Medical Center’s actually mortality rate was 17.14 percent. This reflects that OSUMC had a mortality rate nearly 10% less than the expected rate.

Heart Transplant Referral at OSU Medical Center

Before you are placed on the heart transplant list, you undergo a careful screening process. A multidisciplinary team of heart doctors, nurses, social workers and other healthcare professionals reviews your medical history, test results, and physical and psychosocial evaluations. Then they determine if you are a candidate for the heart transplant procedure and the necessary continuous care requirements.

Your own cardiologist will make a referral for you to be evaluated for transplantation appropriateness at Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital.

What Is a Heart Transplant?

Heart transplantation is a surgical procedure to remove a damaged or diseased heart and replace it with a healthy donor heart. Also known as cardiac transplantation, heart transplantation has been a treatment option for selected patients with end-stage heart disease. The Ohio State University Medical Center has a large population of end-stage heart disease patients who have been stabilized with ventricular assist devices until they can undergo heart transplantation. This is becoming a more common “bridge” to transplant in unstable patients.

The heart is donated by someone who has been declared brain-dead but remains on life support. The donor heart must be matched as closely as possible to your tissue type to reduce the chance that your body will reject the new heart.

Why Would You Have a Heart Transplant?

Several diseases may cause heart failure resulting in the need for a heart transplant. Some of these diseases and conditions include:

The patient who needs the transplant must be healthy enough to survive the surgery.

Learn more about heart transplantation on Ohio State's Comprehensive Transplant website.

Unverferth House

The Unverferth House is a temporary residence for Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital patients and families who live outside Franklin County. The House provides a safe and comfortable environment to families and offers them a chance to share thoughts and emotions with others who may be experiencing a similar situation. The House also serves as convenient housing for patients just after discharge, when frequent visits back to Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital are required.

Priority is given to families of patients receiving a heart transplant at the Ross Heart Hospital, but the House welcomes families of other patients as space allows. All guests must be referred to the Unverferth House by a Ross Heart Hospital social worker. Guests must live outside of Franklin County to stay at the House. Click here for more information about Unverferth House.