Heart Transplants to Resume at OHSU, Start at Providence Too

Oregon has been without any available heart transplant programs since Septemeber, and now there will be two of them.

Oregon Health and Science University will reinstate their program, which it suspended after four cardiologists resigned late last year. At the time, 400 OHSU heart patients were transferred to Providence Heart Institute in Portland, but transplant patients had to travel to programs in either San Francisco or Seattle.

Also, Providence has announced it took in a $75 million dollar gift to start its own program. The funding came from Nike founder Phil Knight.

Health experts are concerned about the two programs competing, and point out that a program needs to be performing 20 to 30 transplants yearly to gain and maintain expertise. However, insiders at both OHSU and Providence have said personnel from both programs are talking, and that Oregon’s population is growing.