John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute  Celebrates Year of Milestones and Innovation

NEW ORLEANS – The John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute (JOHVI) celebrated a number of accomplishments in 2017, including conducting its 950th heart transplant since performing the first heart transplant in the Gulf South in 1970. Below is a summary of JOHVI’s accolades and achievements from 2017.

950th Heart Transplant Performed

JOHVI performed its 950th heart transplant in November 2017 since performing the first in the Gulf South in 1970. JOHVI performs approximately 25 heart transplants annually, making it one of the most experienced heart transplant centers in the country.

100 Combined LVAD and Heart Transplants Performed in 2017

December 28, 2017 marked another significant milestone as JOHVI completed its 69th Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implantation. LVADs are devices that help advanced heart failure patients who can no longer rely on earlier stage treatment options. Combined with 31 heart transplants, JOVHI completed a total of 100 of the life-saving surgical procedures in 2017 alone.

First and Only Facility to Implant HeartMate 3™ LVAD in Louisiana and Mississippi

In October 2017, JOHVI became the first facility in Louisiana and Mississippi to implant the HeartMate 3™ LVAD. The device, which received FDA approval over the summer, is the latest LVAD design for patients awaiting transplant or experiencing advanced heart failure. The first patients included a 77-year-old and a 16-year-old. Both patients are home and recovering well.

2017 Accolades

JOHVI and Ochsner Health System received national recognition for cardiac care in 2017. Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans received a distinguished Five-Star Rating in Pacemaker Procedures from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Healthgrades also honored Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge with a Five-Star Rating in Treatment of Heart Failure. Ochsner Hospital for Children was named one of the Top 50 Children’s Hospitals for Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery in 2017-2018 by U.S. News and World Report.

JOHVI is home to more than 50 cardiologists and surgeons who work closely with each patient to develop a customized healthcare plan that is both targeted and effective. Ochsner also participates in over 125 clinical trials for the goal of advancing knowledge of the mechanisms, treatments and diagnoses of cardiovascular disease. For more information about Ochsner Cardiology, please visit


Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 30 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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