Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health Celebrate a Milestone 1,000 Heart Transplants Performed

1000 Heart Transplant Event
Photo caption from Left to Right: Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health; Margarita Camacho, MD, Surgical Director, Heart Transplant at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Mark J. Zucker, MD, Director, Cardiothoracic Transplant Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Tina Jones, family member of Queen Latifah; Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey; Rita Owens, mother of Queen Latifah; Queen Latifah; Marc E. Berson, Vice Chair, RWJBarnabas Health and Chairman, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

Newark, NJ (November 6, 2017) - RWJBarnabas Health and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey celebrated their milestone 1,000th heart transplant with a special concert performance by Queen Latifah at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center performed their 1,000th heart transplant on July 20, 2017; only 12 centers in the United States have reached this achievement.

“Newark Beth Israel is at the forefront of delivering comprehensive cardiac care and innovative research and this enviable milestone is a testament to our cardiac, surgical and medical teams who have dedicated themselves to building a program that consistently delivers clinical excellence, said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President and Chief Executive Officer , Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

The program is a national leader that consistently ranks among the top ten busiest heart transplant programs in the country.

1000 Heart Transplant Event
Left to Right: Joseph Spinella, heart transplant recipient; Norman Hymowitz, heart transplant recipient; Roland Staal, heart transplant recipient; Dennis Aste, heart transplant recipient; Steven Sims, heart transplant recipient; Richard Bohan, heart transplant recipient; Darrell K. Terry Sr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey; Queen Latifah; Paul Vico, heart transplant recipient; Kenneth Frawley, heart transplant recipient; Joseph Doll, heart transplant recipient; Reverend Steven E. Clark; Bogdan Salacki, heart transplant recipient; Robert Herron, heart transplant recipient; Elizabeth Lawrence, the 1,000th heart transplant recipient; Stephen Schwartz, heart transplant recipient; Kim Erin O’Connor, heart transplant recipient; Jean Smith, heart transplant recipient; Vicki K. Eze-Hunter, heart transplant recipient; Stefania DeMayo, heart transplant recipient.

More than 600 guests attended the celebration including employees, senior administrators and heart transplant recipients. The night was filled with emotional reunions between heart transplant recipients and the medical teams and staff who cared for them while they were patients in the hospital.

“I still get emotional. It’s been almost nine years [since transplant] and without this hospital, without this new heart I wouldn’t be here and my children wouldn’t be here. This is an amazing night for me,” said Stefania DeMayo, who became the first woman in the United States to give birth to twins after her heart transplant in 2008.

“This exciting milestone further solidifies our national footprint and reflects the world-class cardiology and cardiac surgery services at RWJBarnabas Health. As the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system in New Jersey we are proud to offer these services to residents throughout the region,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and CEO, RWJBarnabas Health.

Innovation in Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center has always been at the forefront of cardiac care and heart transplant. Dr. Victor Parsonnet performed the first heart transplant in New Jersey in 1986, in 1992 Newark Beth Israel became the first center in New Jersey to employ extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, Newark Beth Israel was the first hospital to use Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs) in New Jersey, and for more than a decade the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant program at Newark Beth Israel has been ranked among the top ten heart transplant programs in the nation.

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