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St. Luke's Medical Center ranks nationally for number of adult heart transplants performed

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

One-Year Survival Rate Is One Of The Best In The Country

MILWAUKEE, Wis, St. Luke's Medical Center is one of the top ten centers in the country for number of adult heart transplants performed. Of the medical centers in the top ten such as UCLA Medical Center, The Cleveland Clinic and Duke University Medical Center, St. Luke's has the best one-year survival rate. This center-specific data was released this week by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

The Center Specific Report for Heart Transplants analyzed data for adult heart transplants done between January 1, 1999 and June 30, 2001. St. Luke's ranked 9th on that list, performing 81 transplants. UCLA Medical Center, The Cleveland Clinic, and Duke University Medical Center, performed 181, 172, and 99 transplants respectively. The one-year survival rate for a heart transplant patient at St. Luke's is 95.06% -- the highest rate of any of the centers in the top ten. The center with the next highest rate was Duke University with just over 91%.

"This is wonderful news for Wisconsin residents," says Alfred Tector M.D., Director of the St. Luke's Transplant Program. "We have known for a long time that our transplant program is among the best in the country. We are proud to be part of such an elite group of heart care centers." St. Luke's started its heart transplant program in 1968. Since then doctors have performed more than 480 transplants.

St. Luke's Medical Center is a part of Aurora Health Care, a community-owned Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora has care sites in 75 communities in eastern Wisconsin.

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