8 heart-transplant candidates transferred to Seattle hospital
SEATTLE -- Eight heart-transplant candidates have been transferred to a Seattle hospital following the suspension of a heart-transplant program at an Oregon facility. The University of Washington School of Medicine said in a statement Friday that the patients were taken to UW Medicine. “Our primary commitment is to patients. A state line doesn’t mean we’re any less committed to people who live in Oregon than who live in Washington,” said Dr. Daniel Fishbein, medical director for heart transplantation and a professor of medicine (cardiology) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “We are the closest transplant program to Oregon and we feel a great commitment to patients with advanced heart disease in the entire region."