One of the Top 20 Heart Transplant Programs in the Nation
The RWJBarnabas Health Heart Failure and Transplant program is the most experienced and comprehensive program in New Jersey and is one of the top 20 heart transplant programs in the nation by volume. It has been at the forefront of highly specialized care for more than thirty years. Our cardiac surgeons and heart specialists' expertise has made RWJBarnabas Health a regional and national training center for physicians, nurses and emergency services technicians.
Choose RWJBarnabas Health for Heart Transplant
Our heart transplant program survival rates consistently meet or exceed national benchmarks. Our centers are at the forefront of improving the quality of life for transplant candidates and recipients, as well as increasing access to transplant. Our unique work in establishing successful protocols for discontinuing steroid medications for immunosuppression is improving the medical management and survival rates for transplant recipients worldwide. Noninvasive gene expression testing offers an alternative technique for assessing immunosuppression and predicting rejection. Our centers are also part of groundbreaking research that is exploring innovating methods for preserving donor organs for transplant.
Celebrating 1,000 Heart Transplants and Countless Lives Touched
RWJBarnabas Health is one of the top five adult heart transplant programs in the nation. And Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is where it all began-the first and largest heart transplant center in New Jersey. On Monday November 6th, 2017, we celebrated more than 1,000 hearts transplanted, but perhaps more than anything, we paused to celebrate the sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters and friends and relatives who have been transformed by transplant. You are the heroes of this story. You continue to inspire us.
Complete Transplant Care
The RWJBarnabas Health Heart Centers provide progressive heart failure management that optimizes the patient's transition to home and empowers them to improve their heart health. Advanced practice nurses contact patients within days of discharge and facilitate daily medical monitoring, education, and counseling. Patient-centered programs bring together all the medical resources necessary to combat heart failure and the reduction in hospital readmission rates has been significant. Heart failure clinics are based at all RWJBarnabas Health hospitals.
Clinical trials provide patients with access for breakthrough medications, devices, and therapies, while being continually monitored and evaluated. Our participation in new cardiac stem cell research for patients with refractory angina and chronic myocardial ischemia may someday help the heart heal itself. Improved technology has made positive outcomes with ECMO more likely both at our center and nationally, and has resulted in increased referrals for this critical care.