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Ohio State's Ross Heart Hospital Expands


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Demand for comprehensive heart care is driving the latest expansion of Ohio State University Medical Center’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. One of the nation’s first full-service academic heart hospitals is opening two more patient-care floors, adding 60 beds to care for those with heart and vascular disease.

Opening of the two-floor addition occurs a little more than three years after Ohio State clinicians began treating patients at the Ross Heart Hospital, which opened in November 2004.

“Since opening, the Ross Heart Hospital has provided patients and staff with an environment and resources to achieve the best possible medical outcomes,” said Dr. Charles Bush, Ross Heart Hospital medical director. “Our ability to provide patients with highly effective and innovative personalized care has created increased demand for our services.”

The new rooms, like those throughout the Ross Heart Hospital, incorporate the “universal bed” design into the spacious patient rooms. Throughout their stay, heart and vascular patients receive care in these comfortable, private rooms, which accommodate all portable diagnostic and therapeutic equipment while maintaining easy access to necessary medical utilities.

According to Jay Kasey, OSU Health System chief operating officer, the expansion is a model for the positive pattern of excellence and growth outlined in the Medical Center’s strategic plan. “Excellent service serves as the foundation for physical growth, new technology and support of our research, education and patient care staff,” he said.

The added two floors continue supporting Ohio State’s cardiovascular medicine and cardio-thoracic surgery programs. From diagnostic studies and routine care to implantation of life-saving heart pumps, robot-assisted surgical procedures and heart transplants, the Ross Heart Hospital offers the full spectrum of heart and vascular care, including medications; vascular, valve and bypass surgery; pacemaker implants; coronary and vascular angioplasty and stents; arrhythmia surgery and ablation.

Ohio State physicians are developing and applying the most advanced technologies to provide customized approaches for the unique cardiac needs of each patient. Recent innovations include:

• Ventricular Partitioning Device implanted – a central Ohio man became the first person in the United States, and only the 16th worldwide, to receive a heart implant designed to improve the heart’s pumping action and help manage congestive heart failure symptoms.

• Blood pressure monitoring device trial - physicians are leading a new clinical trial to treat hypertension by implanting a medical device that stimulates the body’s own natural system to lower blood pressure.

• Stem cell research – scientists have determined that stem cells transplanted into a damaged heart can increase the presence of oxygen at the site of injury, suggesting that such transplants might someday be used at therapy after heart attacks and for other diseases characterized by lack of oxygen.

At the OSU Heart Center, the Ross Heart Hospital clinical team and Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute scientific team collaborate to provide diagnostic and treatment services, while advancing cardiovascular care through basic and clinical research.

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