Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)

award sealUI Heart and Vascular Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Destination Therapy Ventricular Assist Device program by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in advanced disease-specific care. It has maintained this certification since 2010.

Who provides care for VAD patients?

Our team consists of specialized doctors and nurses who are training specifically in advanced cardiac therapies. We also include other medical specialties as part of our treatment team such as social work, pharmacy, dietary, finance, and supportive and palliative care in order to provide high-quality, comprehensive care.

How can VAD help?

Sometimes patients with advanced heart failure continue to get worse despite good medical care. A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical pump that takes over the function of one or both chambers of the heart and pumps blood to the rest of the body.

VADs can extend and improve the quality of life of patients and are used as the following:

  1. Bridge-to-Recovery: temporarily support a patient with heart failure that has the potential to be reversed.
    1. The VAD may be removed once the heart has recovered enough.
  2. Bridge-to-Transplant: support a patient with end-stage heart failure who is waiting for a heart transplant.
  3. Destination Therapy: support a patient with end-stage heart failure who is not a candidate for heart transplant. 
    1. They will have the VAD for the rest of their life. 

Patients who are being considered for VAD placement undergo an evaluation to determine if they would benefit from the surgery and what type of after-surgery support is needed. This evaluation includes various testing and educational meetings with multiple members or our team.

Care Team

LVAD Coordinators

  • Denicia Cole
  • Jennifer Franzwa
  • Carol Johnson