St. Joseph's offers complex cardiac care, giving new hope to patients with advanced heart disease

lvad team

Our hospital recently joined a limited number of other facilities nationwide to offer a complex, but lifesaving procedure to improve the health of patients facing end-stage heart disease. During the procedure, a mechanical pump--known as a ventricular assist device (VAD)--is implanted into the patient's heart to assist heart function and blood floow. VAD is an option for patient awaiting a heart transplant or those determined ineligible for transplantation.

Kevin Brady, MD, (above middle) performed the first VAD procedure at Norton Thoracic Institute, which is home to a nation-leading lung transplant program and younger, thriving liver and kidney transplant programs. 

Pictured above: Brandi Krushelniski, RN, BSN, MBA, Vice-President of Transplant Services; Kevin Brady, MD; and Linda Staley, MS, RN, FNP, lead VAD program coordinator.

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