Achieving excellence, getting noticed

Update from the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute

July 7, 2014


University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), a national organization comprised of the nation's leading academic medical centers with a focus on quality and safety excellence, has ranked the heart transplant and ventricular assist device program at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute #1 in the nation in its most recent quarterly report for academic medical centers.

"Very few community hospitals even offer this type of program, underscoring the difference in patient population cared for at OHSU," said Howard Song, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of surgery, OHSU School of Medicine and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute. "We not only serve some of the most high risk cardiac patients in the region but strive to provide exceptional service for these patients in need of extra care. This ranking is the result of the hard work of a tremendous team who are committed to continuing to meet the highest standard of care."

The UHC rankings look at how major teaching hospitals are doing in multiple dimensions of quality and safety. They are traditionally looked upon as providing the best, unbiased national quality measurement system available for teaching hospitals. 

In addition, the Knight Cardiovascular Institute heart failure team was recognized by the American Heart Association for outstanding achievement in the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. The team received a Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award (above). Learn more about the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at OHSU.

Pictured (l to r): Elana Mater, Molly Conroy, Alla Komarova, Heidi Otto, James Mudd, M.D., Jayne Mitchell, NP, and Cheryl Wyborny