UCLA’s Heart Transplant Program Ranked among Nation’s Best

UCLA’s Heart Transplant Program Ranked among Nation’s Best

The heart transplant program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has again been recognized as one of highest ranking in the nation by an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

UCLA’s program is one of only seven heart transplant centers nationwide — and the only one in California — to be ranked at the silver level by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which has federal oversight of the nation’s organ donation and transplantation network.

The HRSA survey measures the performance of organ transplant centers by assessing transplant rates, post-transplant survival rates and mortality rates for patients after they are placed on organ-donation waiting lists. To earn silver status, a program must achieve better-than-expected performance in at least two of those categories.

UCLA, which also earned silver status in 2010, when the HRSA organ transplant center survey was inaugurated, is the only heart transplant program in the U.S. to have earned a silver ranking twice.

In addition, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center received the Department of Health and Human Services’ Bronze Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for achieving and sustaining national goals for organ donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors.

-From UCLA Health System Employee News November/December 2012