Major Cardiac, Heart Transplant and Kidney Transplant Milestones

Reaching milestones, making memories.

Since 1985, the year physicians at Lutheran Hospital performed northern Indiana's first heart transplant surgery, we've been leading the way in transplantation, performing life-saving procedures that have improved life for our patients and their families. We look forward to a future of providing cutting-edge care for patients who require renal or cardiac replacement.

2015
Surgeons at Lutheran Hospital perform the facility’s 300th heart transplant.

Lutheran Hospital’s heart transplant program celebrates 30 years of life-changing care.

Surgeons at Lutheran Hospital perform the facility’s 250th kidney transplant.

2014
Lutheran Hospital becomes the second hospital in Indiana to receive atrial fibrillation certification from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

2013
The Heart and Vascular Center opens at Lutheran Hospital. The center includes clinics for advanced heart failure, structural heart disorders, anticoagulation medication dosing and cardiac device placement and management.

2012
The Lutheran Transplant Center opens a satellite clinic in Valparaiso, Ind.

The first procedure is performed in the hospital's new hybrid catheterization laboratory.

2011
Lutheran's new fifth floor, a unit dedicated to improving clinical outcomes and quality of life for heart-failure patients, opens. The 58,649-square-foot expansion added 96 new private patient rooms to the hospital, 24 in coronary intensive care, 24 in heart failure and 48 in telemetry.

2010
Lutheran Hospital receives ventricular assist device destination therapy certification from The Joint Commission.

Lutheran becomes the first hospital in Indiana to use advanced robotics for electrophysiology heart procedures, including atrial fibrillation and complex arrhythmia ablation procedures.

Lutheran and DeKalb Health partner to open a cardiac cath lab at the Auburn, Ind., hospital.

2009
Physicians at Lutheran use robotics in an electrophysiology procedure (a first in Indiana).

The STEMI-activate system is implemented to ensure artery intervention in 90 minutes or less for acute myocardial infarction patients.

Aquapheresis®, an advanced from of ultrafiltration that removes fluid from the heart, is performed for the first time.

Lutheran Hospital is accredited as a heart failure institute - eighth hospital in the U.S. and second in Indiana - by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium.

Lutheran's heart and kidney transplant programs are certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

2008
The first Thoratec Heartmate II Left Ventricular Assist Device is implanted at Lutheran Hospital - 97th VAD implant since 1987.

Lutheran's kidney transplant program celebrates its one-year anniversary, having performed 45 transplants by the end of the year.

Lutheran Health Network implements Level 1 Heart, a system that enhances the level of care for acute heart attack patients throughout the region.

The Atrial Fibrillation Center, part of the Lutheran Heart Center, opens.

2007
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital perform the region's first kidney transplant.

2005
Hospital Quality in America Study by HealthGrades™ rates Lutheran Hospital NUMBER ONE in Indiana for overall cardiac services.

Lutheran Hospital is the first hospital in the region approved to use stents for the treatment of carotid artery disease.

2004
Lutheran Hospital is named one of only 30 Heart Hope Centers in the country, which means the hospital is FDA-approved to implement HeartMate destination therapy for heart-failure patients.

Lutheran becomes the region's first accredited chest pain center.

Lutheran implements its critical care flight program.

The 19,000-square-foot Lutheran Heart Pavilion opens to centralize cardiac services.

2003
Lutheran becomes one of the first hospitals in the state to offer drug-eluting stents to patients with blocked arteries who receive an angioplasty.

Lutheran becomes one of the first 16 sites in the country - and the first hospital in the state of Indiana - approved to use left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), or partial artificial hearts, for permanent placement in end-stage heart failure patients. The procedure, also known, as destination therapy, was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

1999
A patient is discharged from Lutheran Hospital with a ventricular assist device (a first in Indiana).

1997
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital conduct the first PerClose heart cath in the area.

1993
Physicians at Lutheran implant a coronary flex stent.

1991
Lutheran Hospital opens northern Indiana's first dedicated outpatient cath lab and heart center.

1990
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital become the first in the WORLD to perform a heart transplant from a donor older than 55, as well as the first in the region to perform a heart transplant in a patient older than 70.

The first radiofrequency catheter ablation for heart rhythm is performed at Lutheran Hospital.

1989
Northern Indiana's first heart and lung transplant is performed at Lutheran Hospital.

1987
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital are the first in northern Indiana and the second in the state to implant a Jarvik 7-70 total artificial heart.

1985
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital perform northern Indiana's first heart transplant surgery. The region's first heart institute is created at Lutheran.

1981
Physicians at Lutheran preform a coronary angioplasty.

1979
Lutheran Hospital opens a regional heart clinic.

1979
Lutheran Hospital opens a dedicated inpatient cath lab.

1977
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital preform a complete heart catheterization.

1970
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital preform a coronary angiogram.

1970
Physicians at Lutheran Hospital preform a coronary artery bypass.

1967
Lutheran Hospital opens a coronary care unit.

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