Oregon Health Science University (OSHU) experienced a mass departure of cardiologists in 2018. In 2017 the OHSU heart transplant program experienced a disturbing number of patient deaths—leading to the deaths of twice the number of patients that analysts would expect. The OHSU went from a well ranked to one of the worst ranked providers for heart transplant services.

Molly Harbarger writing for the Oregonian/OregonLive reports that every transplant center in the United States must submit report outcomes to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. The July 2019 report reveals that those who received a heart transplant at OHSU Hospital in the last couple years are at a 67% higher risk to die in the first year after the operation than those patients that had the surgery done at other comparable institutions.

Follow the link to read Ms. Harbarger’s entire story in the Oregonian/OregonLive.


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