OSF HealthCare is excited to announce that the Heart Transplant Program will soon return to OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center. The Illinois Health Facilities & Services Review Board today approved OSF HealthCare’s certificate of need application to re-establish the program. This Heart Transplant Program will be the only one in central and downstate Illinois, and will be a destination center for both transplants and ventricular assist device procedures (VAD), offering our patients and others in our service area a second chance to celebrate the gift of life.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and it is estimated that heart diseases are prevalent in more than 1 in 3 adults aged 18 or older. That is approximately 94.6 million adults. Heart failure is a rapidly growing public health issue. The number of people diagnosed with heart failure (those who are potential candidates for a heart transplantation) is expected to rise 46 percent by 2030