The John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute approaches cardiology using a multidisciplinary approach to offer each patient a personalized treatment program that suits their needs best.
Heart Failure and Transplant
The Advanced Heart Failure Program at Ochsner provides patients with a team of heart failure specialists including heart failure cardiologists, transplant cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, skilled nurse coordinators, pharmacists and social workers to offer award winning care. Through life saving procedures, some of which can only be found in the Gulf South at Ochsner, these specialists are extending and improving patients’ lives one procedure at a time. The Advanced Heart Failure Program at Ochsner performs over 40 Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) procedures per year and is ranked 9th in the country for heart transplants. Your generosity can help change and save the lives of patients who receive assistance from the VAD and Transplant Patient Assistance Funds.
Ochsner is the largest and most comprehensive heart rhythm healthcare provider in the Gulf South, performing over 1,500 procedures per year. Home to the regions only 3D mapping system and therapeutics for patients with heart rhythm disorders, Ochsner also boasts the only electrophysiologists in the Gulf South region with the skill and the training to offer device extractions from the heart utilizing laser extraction. Donate now and double your gift through a matching opportunity. Your gift will help build an Electrophysiology lab at one of the top Afib Centers of Excellence in the region.
Heart Valve Programs
The Heart Valve Program at Ochsner performs both traditional and minimally invasive procedures. These procedures include non-surgical valve replacement, which allows for valve replacement without the need for open heart surgery. Our experts specialize in caring for high-risk, complex patients with native and artificial valvular heart disease. Won't you be a part of our continued growth as we expand our lifesaving offerings including an increase in the number of transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR), which is a minimally invasive valve replacement surgery for patients who are too high risk for traditional methods of replacement.
Bill Freiberg: Donor, Patient, Triathlete
For Bill Freiberg, Ochsner was there for him during a dark and tumultuous time for all New Orleanians. In 2005, Bill was in a routine physical when he was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. After doing a little research, he found that Ochsner had the equipment that would be needed for his complex treatment plan. He scheduled an appointment with Dr. Chris White, an appointment that never happened because it was scheduled on August 29, 2005.
Because of the impending hurricane, Bill left the city with his family and went to Pensacola. He was surprised when shortly after the hurricane made landfall, he received word from Dr. White recommending a former resident of his who was located in Florida for Bill to visit. Dr. White’s concern made a large impact on Bill and showed that even with the inability to use cell phones and a dire situation unfolding all around them, Ochsner physicians were on duty and were working to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their patients. Dr. White stayed in contact and when Bill relocated to Houston, Dr. White again recommended a physician for him to see.
Upon his return to New Orleans in early 2006, Bill was prescribed a medication that corrected his Afib but had several frightening side effects including causing his heart to occasionally falter. He was sitting at the dinner table one night and found himself slipping in and out of consciousness when his wife decided to bring him to the Ochsner Emergency Department. Though they were short staffed post hurricane, they were able to get him a room and put in a pacemaker. Since that procedure, he has felt extraordinarily well. He successfully completed 10-12 triathlons and several 150 mile bike races and 2.5 mile open water swims in the decade since, and he doesn’t see anything stopping him.
Great treatment is only one aspect of Bill’s involvement with the health system. Ochsner has become a family affair for Bill. His daughter is a physician’s assistant in the Orthopedics Department, his uncle has been chairman of the board for five years and he is currently serving on the Ochsner Foundation Board.
“Being on the Foundation Board, I am enjoying learning more about the world of medicine, which is ever changing,” he said. There are so many ways to give back to your community; serving on a board is just one of them. When asked if he had any advice for others looking for ways to get involved, he recommended calling the Department of Philanthropy. “Pick up the phone and ask them what you can do to help. It’s that simple.” His major concern is finding ways to help others find the exceptional care that he has received at Ochsner. “If I can contribute in any way to keep the ball rolling so that they can give good care to other patients, I’d like to be a part of that.”
Thank you Bill for your continued involvement with and dedication to Ochsner. We are so proud of your achievements and cannot wait to cheer you on at your next race!
A Word from Doctor Christopher White, Chairman for Cardiovascular Disease and Director of the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute
Dear Supporters of the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute,
Nearly 75 years ago, Dr. Alton Ochsner joined four world class physicians to create a progressive medical system that would provide patients with multi-disciplinary care in one location. We continue that legacy of innovation here at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute.
For every patient, our goal is to provide state of the art care. From providing advanced imaging procedures like PET scans to the most progressive therapeutics such as the TAVR procedure replacing heart valves without requiring open heart surgery, our focus is always on providing exceptional care with better outcomes for our patients. We have proven to be a regional leader in cardiology, from the lives we save through more than 20 annual heart transplants to the lives we change through our work in top research and clinical trials. We recognize that this would not be possible without your support.
Your dedication to making the lives of patients better is overwhelming and extraordinary. It is because of you, that as a community we can support and care for patients through innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. It is because of you that we can assure our patients that they are receiving “state of the art care” without having to travel for advanced or experimental therapies. It is because of you that we are a destination center for patients who have been told that they have no other treatment options. It is because of you that mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and friends walk out of the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute with a second chance at life. On their behalf, I thank you.
Through awareness and education, management of care, and the work of our outstanding caregivers, we are saving and changing lives one heart beat at a time, and I am so grateful that you have chosen to be a part of that legacy. Thank you for your continued compassion and generosity.
Christopher J. White, MD
For more information, please contact the Department of Philanthropy at 504-842-7110.