The John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute: A History of Firsts
First heart transplant in the Gulf South Region
Dr. John Ochsner performed the first heart transplant in the Gulf South.
Invented the percutaneous atrial septal defect closure.
The King-Mills Umbrella Catheter was devised at Ochsner, and it was first used to close the hole in a 17-year-old patient’s heart without surgery. The physicians won the Young Inventors Award for the Cardiology Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Implanted a pacemaker in the youngest patient on record
Ochsner implanted a heart pacemaker in the youngest patient ever. The nine-pound, two-ounce recipient was only 18 hours old.
First pediatric heart transplant in Gulf South
Dr. John Ochsner completed the first pediatric heart transplant in the Gulf South. To this day, Ochsner is the only hospital in Louisiana to perform pediatric heart transplants.
First total artificial heart implanted in the Gulf South
A 41-year-old patient became the first patient in the Gulf South region to receive a Total Artificial Heart (TAH) implant.
First system to integrate the Apple HealthKit with Epic, Ochsner’s Electronic Health Record.
By integrating HealthKit with Epic, Ochsner can help patients better manage their chronic diseases. For example, using HealthKit, Ochsner physicians can monitor the weight of congestive heart failure patients several times a week, instead of a few times a year, which allows them to intervene earlier and more effectively if needed.
First system to use the Apple Watch to manage patients with chronic hypertension.
Shortly after the Apple Watch was released, Ochsner launched a pilot program to help patients stay in touch with their physicians and make healthy lifestyle changes to better manage their chronic diseases.