AN AGENCY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES has recognized UCLA’s hearttransplant program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as the nation’s best. The recognition by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) followed a survery designed to evaluate and recognize the country’s highest-performing organ-transplant programs.
The survey was developed as a way to measure performance by assessing transplant rates, posttransplant survival rates and mortality rates for patients after being placed on the organ-donation waiting list. “This remarkable achievement is a testament to the efforts of our entire UCLA team,” says Abbas Ardehali, M.D., surgical director of UCLA’s heart-transplant program. “We are incredibly proud of our program, which has served so many patients with this life-saving procedure.”
In addition, the American Heart Association honored Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with the Get With the Guidelines (GWTG)-Heart Failure Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award for its success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart-failure patients. The GWTG-Heart Failure initiative helps hospital staff to develop and implement heart-failure-care processes.