LOUISVILLE, KY – Heart care now has a hospital to call home in Kentucky. UofL Health – Heart Hospital at Jewish Hospital is the region’s only hospital exclusively focused on comprehensive and innovative heart care. Built on the world-renowned legacy of 40 medical heart firsts at Jewish Hospital, the Heart Hospital pulls together all heart services into one main location to heal, revive, protect and even replace hearts.
“Our mission is to transform the health of the communities we serve and the Heart Hospital delivers on that promise in life-changing ways,” said Tom Miller, CEO of UofL Health. “We have dedicated the space, assembled the technology and most importantly we have the academic expertise and commitment to make a difference in Kentucky’s biggest health threat.”
According to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, heart disease remains Kentucky’s leading cause of death. The Heart Hospital is designed to change that statistic by saving lives and improving heart health. From the routine to the rare, and advancing research, the specially trained staff is dedicated to taking care of heart patients and their families.
“The UofL Health – Heart Hospital represents the future of heart care, in Kentucky and beyond,” said Lori Stewart Gonzalez, Ph.D., University of Louisville interim president. “This hospital combines comprehensive clinical care with academic expertise, training and breakthrough discoveries to advance heart care around the world.”
The Heart Hospital has more than 100 beds dedicated to heart patients. Rising 15-stories above downtown Louisville, with nearly 280,000 square feet, it provides leading-edge heart care on UofL Health’s academic medical campus. It includes six dedicated cardiac Cath labs, two hybrid operating rooms, three electrophysiology labs, and three cardiac operating rooms collectively equipped for TAVR, Watchmen Flex and heart transplant procedures. More than 300 heart care professionals make up the Heart Hospital team, with preventative and follow-up care extended to more than 30 locations across Kentucky and Indiana.
“Convenient access is essential to impactful care, that’s why the Heart Hospital extends care beyond downtown and into our community,” said Jeffrey Stidam, M.D., UofL Physicians – Cardiology Associates. “With early diagnosis, customized interventions and regular check-ups, our goal is to prevent the need for advanced care. But, if advance care is needed, the Heart Hospital means patients get the very best care, and still stay close to home.”
As part of UofL Health, and through its alignment with both the University of Louisville School of Medicine and the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute the Heart Hospital leverages the advantage of academic medicine. Medical heart firsts attributed to the UofL Health team include three world’s first transplants and cardiac stem cell procedures, along with a first-in-the-nation procedure to relieve the symptoms of heart failure to improve cardiac function and quality of life. The Heart Hospital team is also credited with dozens of state firsts and has celebrated more than one thousand transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR).
“When you come to the Heart Hospital you get access to the heart care standards of the future, today,” said Mark Slaughter, M.D., chair of Cardiovascular Surgery. “We leverage our academic advantage to save and improve more lives. I’m proud to be part of a team committed to research and developing innovative heart care.”