At any given time, there are about 3,000 people in the U.S. waiting for heart transplants. And to add to that, the number of people diagnosed with heart failure — and who are potential candidates for a heart transplantation — is expected to rise 46 percent by 2030. With these facts in mind, OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center saw the need to once again offer the heart transplant program to our patients.
With this program offering, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center will be the only heart transplant option in central and downstate Illinois. This program addition means OSF Saint Francis Medical Center can offer both transplants and ventricular assist device procedures (VAD). While the full implementation of the heart transplant program could take up to 18 months, the first VAD procedure will likely take place in the summer of 2019. “Adding the heart transplant program at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center will strengthen what is already a premier cardiovascular disease program in the state of Illinois,” said Dr. Barry Clemson, Heart Failure Medical Director, OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute.
Dr. Emmanuel Amulraj will serve as the surgical director of the heart transplant program at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Dr. Amulraj explains, “This program is giving heart failure patients a second chance at life, and a lot of them will go on to do everything they want to do.” This program closely aligns with the OSF HealthCare Mission by serving others with the greatest care and love and ensuring our patients are receiving state-of-the-art healthcare services.
You too can help give heart failure patients a second chance at life. By donating to the heart transplant program, you are living the OSF Mission by serving others with the greatest care and love – and celebrating the gift of life!