Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Ky., will spend about $15 million to help build a cardiovascular research center on its downtown medical campus as it seeks to maintain its status as a pioneer in the field. The Jewish Hospital/University of Louisville Cardiovascular Innovation Institute is expected to open late next year. The 435-bed hospital will provide the bulk of the funding for the three- or four-story structure, which will include research space to support the work of medical manufacturers as well as expanded areas to test new devices in cows and other large animals. The state of Kentucky will contribute about $5 million toward the project. Jewish Hospital has been the site of three implants of the AbioCor, the world's first fully implantable artificial heart. One of those patients, Tom Christerson, 71, celebrated the one-year anniversary of his implant earlier this month. He is the only remaining survivor of seven implant patients. -- by Michael Romano
Ky. hospital plans cardiovascular research center
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