Methodist Hospital
January 31, 2022

Methodist Hospital Heart Failure and Transplant team

The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) recently announced its biannual report, released every January and July, ranking transplant programs across the United States. In the latest rankings, Methodist Hospital’s heart transplant program scored above the average national percentile for one-year patient survival outcomes, and second in Texas among all heart transplant programs.

Methodist Hospital's heart transplant program scored above the average national percentile for one-year patient survival outcomes
From All Donors
Transplants evaluated over a 2.5-year period 61
Estimated percentage alive with a functioning transplant at 1 year 94.9%
1-Year Heart Survival 4/5

According to SRTR, the expected survival rate one year after a heart transplant performed at Methodist Hospital is 94.93 percent, which is higher than the national average of 91.24 percent. SRTR compiled data over two-and-a-half years and evaluated 61 transplants. The standard survival metric is at one year, and anything over 90% is regarded as excellent.

Masahiro Ono, MD, Heart Transplant Surgeon, credits the success of the program to the multidisciplinary care model, innovative medical management, and support from hospital administration.

“We have a progressive approach in offering heart transplantation to more patients, even those with the most acute conditions. We are dedicated to increasing waitlist survival and decreasing wait times for transplantation,” commented Dr. Ono.

Methodist Hospital’s heart transplant program is at the forefront of surgical innovation, having recently adopted an advanced organ care system (OCS) technology to improve the viability of donor organs and increased organ availability. Methodist Hospital has the only heart transplant program in South Texas, most recently surpassing 550 transplants since the program’s inception. Among the heart transplant programs in Texas, Methodist is ranked third by volume, averaging approximately 31 transplants per year.

“This achievement is a testament to our team of outstanding healthcare professionals committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients,” stated Dr. Ono.

The SRTR evaluates the status of the nation’s solid organ transplant system and provides data analyses to transplant programs, organ procurement organizations, policymakers, transplant professionals, transplant recipients, organ donors and donor families, as well as the general public to help improve overall recipient outcomes.

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