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Devices Cardiology

 News Release - December 6, 2007

Tufts-New England Medical Center Named an Abiomed Center of Excellence for Commitment to Heart Recovery for Acute Patients

Celebration of Life Event to Honor Patients and Tufts-NEMC's Clinicians and Staff

BOSTON--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Tufts-New England Medical Center (Tufts-NEMC) in Boston today announced that the center was selected by Abiomed, Inc. as a "Center of Excellence" for its cardiac program. Abiomed is a leading provider of medical technologies that provide circulatory support to acute heart failure patients across the continuum of care in heart recovery, enabling the heart to rest, heal and recover by improving blood flow and/or performing the pumping of the heart.

As a Center of Excellence, Tufts-NEMC will share best practices related to VAD implantation and patient care with other hospitals and medical centers. This prestigious award is granted to top institutions in the country for achieving outstanding clinical outcomes and their focus on recovery of the native heart. Tufts-NEMC’s outcomes are among the best in the country.

"Center of Excellence designation further exemplifies our commitment to native heart recovery and the total wellbeing of our patients," said Afshin Ehsan, MD, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Tufts-NEMC. "Tufts-New England Medical Center’s continued success in recovering patients’ hearts, evidenced by the recovered patients able to join us today, is due to the clinical excellence and dedication of our entire cardiac team.”

Tufts-NEMC has supported more than 20 patients with Abiomed technologies. In addition, as the only Abiomed training center in New England, Tufts-NEMC conducts ongoing certification training for other hospitals.

Former patients attending today’s Center of Excellence event will be honored with a joint Celebration of Life event to recognize their successful heart recovery procedures at Tufts-NEMC and continued heart health.

Abiomed’s VAD AB5000 is FDA approved to provide temporary support for one or both sides of the natural heart in circumstances where the heart has failed, giving the patient's heart the opportunity to rest and potentially recover - and giving surgeons the therapeutic flexibility necessary to determine the best endpoint for treatment.

ABOUT ABIOMED

Based in Danvers, Massachusetts, Abiomed, Inc., is a leading provider of medical devices that provide circulatory support to acute heart failure patients across the continuum of care in heart recovery. Our products are designed to enable the heart to rest, heal and recover by improving blood flow and/or performing the pumping of the heart. For additional information please visit: www.abiomed.com.

ABOUT TUFTS-NEW ENGLAND MEDICAL CENTER

Tufts-NEMC is a world-class, not-for-profit, academic medical center based in Boston. It is home to two full-service hospitals, one serving adults, and Floating Hospital for Children, dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care. The Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and pioneers groundbreaking research, including numerous clinical trials available exclusively at Tufts-NEMC.


Source: Abiomed

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