Heart Transplant Recipients Gather Today at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas to Celebrate Life

Heart transplant program is now second largest in the nation by volume; Patient median wait list time is now 18 days

Today from 5 to 7 p.m., heart transplant recipients and their families will gather at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas in a celebration of life honoring our patients, physicians, clinicians, and support staff. The patients in attendance received their heart sometime in the past nine months.

The celebration is timed to recognize the completion of 50 heart transplants since the addition of the new surgical heart transplantation team in November 2012. According to 2013 data from the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network, Baylor now has the second largest heart transplant program in the nation by volume.

The new surgical heart transplantation team at Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute is led by Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, M.D., chief of heart transplantation for Baylor Health Care System. "We are excited to be building a program that can help give more patients a second chance at life," said Dr. Gonzalez-Stawinski. "Our celebration will recognize all of our team members and their dedication to patient care."

Contact: Julie Smith
Phone: 972-800-4060
Email: Julie.Smith2@BaylorHealth.edu

About Baylor Scott & White Health
As the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, Baylor Scott & White promotes the health and well-being of every individual, family and community it serves. It is committed to making quality care more accessible, convenient and affordable through its integrated delivery network, which includes the Baylor Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance and its leading digital health platform – MyBSWHealth. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,100 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care. Founded as a Christian ministry of healing more than a century ago, Baylor Scott & White today serves more than three million Texans. For more information, visit: BSWHealth.com