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KentuckyOne Health Celebrates Anniversary of Kentucky’s First Heart Transplant at Kentucky State Fair



KentuckyOne Health Celebrates Anniversary of Kentucky’s First Heart Transplant at Kentucky State Fair

It’s been 30 years since surgeons at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, performed the Commonwealth’s first heart transplant. Alice Brandenburg, age 40, became the recipient of the state’s first heart transplant on August 24, 1984.

Since then, a number of life-saving firsts in heart care have been performed at KentuckyOne Health hospitals, including: world’s first successful heart transplant following the use of a thoratec ventricular assist device (1985), Kentucky’s first heart/lung transplant (1988), the world’s first minimally invasive saphenous vein harvest (1996) and world’s first and second AbioCor® Implantable Replacement Heart (2001), among many others.

WHAT:          KentuckyOne Heath Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Kentucky’s First Heart Transplant

WHERE:       Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center 
South Wing “Health Horizons” area 
                     KentuckyOne Health exhibit

WHEN:          Wednesday, August 20, 2014
9:30 a.m.


  • Joe Gilene, president, Jewish Hospital Medical Campus and KentuckyOne Health Louisville Market Leader
  • Mark Slaughter, M.D., executive director of cardiovascular services for the KentuckyOne Health Louisville market, chair of the Department of Cardiovascular          and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Louisville.
  • Kendra Grubb, M.D., assistant professor of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University of Louisville
  • Laman A. Gray, Jr., M.D., medical director, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, who performed the first heart transplant in Kentucky
  • Sean Stewart, M.D., medical director, KentuckyOne Health STEMI program
  • Bob Valvano, sports broadcaster and heart patient


  • Interviews with Kathy Sipes, heart transplant recipient. Kathy received her heart transplant in 1987.
  • B-roll of the first heart transplant procedure and news conferences in Kentucky



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