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SUM 2018

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25 SUMMER 2018 E lisabeth Volpert is determined to increase primary care access and improve health outcomes, particularly for the underserved. To achieve that end, Volpert, a student in the School of Nursing's first doctor of nursing practice cohort and a Uof L Physicians family nurse practitioner, was selected for the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Mentorship Program. Volpert will boost her leadership skills as a fellow of the organization guides her in developing a primary care clinical workflow to increase value-based care. In value-based care, providers are paid based on patient health outcomes as opposed to the fee-for-service model, in which payments to providers depend on the amount of services. "A value-based approach ensures that providers not necessarily see a large quantity of patients, but that they provide the highest quality of care that allows patients to achieve better outcomes," said Volpert, who received Elisabeth Volpert speaks with a patient. UofL nurse focuses on value, not volume her master's degree in nursing from Uof L in 2008. "Value-based reimbursement encour- ages health care providers to deliver the best care at the lowest cost." Volpert's mentor will be Phyllis Adams, clinical associate professor and director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at The University of Texas at Arlington. At the end of the yearlong mentorship, Volpert will present her work at the 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference. As a primary care provider, Volpert diagnoses and treats patients across the lifespan with acute and chronic illnesses. Her passion is providing care to people of low socioeconomic status. "Over the past 10 years, I've seen patients turned away because of a lack of primary care providers," Volpert said. "There is a great opportunity for advanced practice nurses — who are highly educated and equipped to provide evidence-based primary care — to fill that gap." Heart to heart UofL and Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center celebrate 35 years of heart transplants N early 35 years ago, residents of Kentucky waited in suspense as Uof L doctors performed a groundbreaking surgery, the first heart transplant in the state. Alice Brandenburg, 40, received a new heart in the seven-hour surgery at Jewish Hospital. On Feb. 21, more than three decades after Uof L's heart transplant program began, a major milestone was reached as the 500th heart transplant was performed at Jewish Hospital's Trager Transplant Center. Mark Slaughter, surgical director of heart transplant for Uof L Physicians and Jewish Hospital and professor and chair of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the School of Medicine, performed the 500th on a 59-year-old man who had a left ventricular assist device implanted to support his heart until the donor heart was available for transplant. An LVAD is a mechanical pump attached to the heart. The first heart transplant took place on Aug. 24, 1984, and was performed by Uof L's Laman Gray Jr. Today, the Uof L and Jewish Hospital transplant team is one of the lead- ing providers of organ transplantation in the country. "The 500th heart transplant is a reminder of the commitment by Jewish Hospital and the University of Louisville to provide advanced therapies for patients with advanced heart failure," said Slaughter. "We've come a long way since Dr. Gray broke ground with that first heart transplant more than 30 years ago. Every day, we continue to advance the science of heart transplantation here. I'm excited about the future of this program, and I'm confident that we'll mark a lot more milestones over the next 30 years." To celebrate the occasion, doctors and heart transplant recipients gathered at Jew- ish Hospital's Rudd Heart and Lung Center to mark the occasion and the many lives saved over the years by heart transplantation. For Gray, who performed that first heart transplant and continues to research new ways to help patients with heart disease at Uof L's Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, the celebration marked decades of dedication to the program. "It means a lot to me to see the 500th and where we are today," Gray said. ONLINE: Video of the first heart transplant at Jewish Hospital is available online.

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