67% of U.S. SynCardia Certified Centers Make Becker's 100 Great American Hospitals List

By The Associated Press | Posted - Apr 8th, 2014 @ 8:01am



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67% of U.S. SynCardia Certified Centers Make Becker's 100 Great

American Hospitals List

TUCSON, Ariz., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- More than two-thirds, 35,

of SynCardia's 52 Certified Centers in the United States are on the

"100 Great Hospitals in America" list published by Becker'sHospital

Review.

"When more than a third of America's top 100 hospitals have the

SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart it clearly demonstrates

that our device is rapidly becoming the standard of care for end-stage

biventricular heart failure," says Michael P. Garippa, SynCardia

Systems, Inc. CEO and President.

SynCardia Certified Centers use the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

to save patients dying from end-stage biventricular (both sides) heart

failure and bridge them to a donor heart transplant. It is the world's

first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial

Heart.

Like a heart transplant, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart replaces

the two failing heart ventricles and four valves. It is the only

approved device in the world that eliminates the source and symptoms

of end-stage biventricular heart failure.

Becker's Hospital Review cited the cardiology and cardiac surgery

services at many of these SynCardia hospitals as reasons they were

included in the list. The editorial staff of the publication for

high-level hospital leaders compiled the list from research efforts,

nominations and evaluations of hospital ranking sources such as U.S.

News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics and Healthgrades.

There are 97 SynCardia Certified Centers worldwide with an additional

39 hospitals in the process of completing the four-phase certification

program. Nearly 1,300 SynCardia Heart implants have been performed

worldwide, including 400 since 2011.

>> Read what Becker's Hospital Review says about its "100 Great

Hospitals in America."

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About the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart

SynCardia Systems, Inc. (Tucson, AZ) is the privately-held

manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE

approved Total Artificial Heart. Originally used as a permanent

replacement heart, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is currently

approved as a bridge to transplant for people suffering from end stage

heart failure affecting both sides of the heart (biventricular

failure). There have been more than 1,260 implants of the Total

Artificial Heart, accounting for more than 350 patient years of life

on the device.

Similar to a heart transplant, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

replaces both failing heart ventricles and the four heart valves. It

is the only device that eliminates the symptoms and source of end

stage biventricular failure. Unlike a donor heart, the Total

Artificial Heart is immediately available at 97 SynCardia Certified

Centers worldwide with 39 others in the process of certification.

The Total Artificial Heart provides immediate, safe blood flow of up

to 9.5 liters per minute through each ventricle. This high volume of

blood flow helps speed the recovery of vital organs, helping make the

patient a better transplant candidate.

For additional information, please visit: http://www.syncardia.com/

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SOURCE SynCardia Systems, Inc.

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/CONTACT: Don Isaacs, Vice President of Communications, SynCardia Systems, Inc., Cell: (520) 955-0660, disaacs@syncardia.com

/Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140408/LA00151

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/Web Site: http://www.syncardia.com

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