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Jewish Hospital Medical Firsts

The first health network you think of when you think of firsts.

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare delivers a full continuum of care with more than 770,000 patient visits annually. We offer easy access to expert care in every specialty, while the patient remains close to home enjoying the support of family and friends. Jewish Hospital — excellence above all.

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare (JHSMH) is a regional health care network that includes over 70 health care facilities and 1,412 patient beds in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

The merger of Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services and CARITAS Health Services to form JHSMH combines the strength and honors the heritage of two organizations to provide a complete array of health care services to this region and beyond. The two networks combined now include hospitals, emergency air ambulance services, outpatient care, nursing home care, occupational health, psychiatric care and rehab medicine.

JHSMH provides home health care to families in 41 Kentucky and southern Indiana counties, occupational health mobile services to 30 Kentucky counties and employs a network of physician practices that provide both primary and specialty medical care. The organization employs nearly 7,500 people.

From new innovative procedures to medical breakthroughs, from heart to hand surgery, from minor to major surgery and treatment, from new equipment to high-technology — for more than 100 years — surgeons throughout the JHSMH Network have continued to look for ways to care for and improve the lives of those around us.

The University of Louisville School of Medicine and the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare Network form a partnership of health care excellence in research, education and patient care. Together, we have pioneered medical firsts that have made the lifesaving difference the people of this region and beyond.


  • Louisville area’s first Syncardia total artificial heart implant
  • Region’s first hospital to use the LVAD Recovery protocol


  • World’s First Sequent™ Meniscal Repair
  • Kentucky’s first transcatheter aortic-valve replacement (TAVR) procedure


  • Region’s first double hand transplant performed at the Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center.
  • Kentucky’s first WorldHeart Levacor™ Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) in a Bridge-to-Transplant (BTT) clinical study was implanted
  • Region’s first hospital system to develop its own, custom mobile application (iPhone app)


  • Nation’s first hospital (Jewish Hospital) to implant female patients with C-Pulse™ Heart Assist System
  • World’s first phase-one FDA-approved clinical trial using “c-kit-positive” adult cardiac stem cells to treat heart disease
  • Kentucky’s first split liver transplant performed at Jewish Hospital


  • Nation’s fourth successful hand transplant
  • Region’s first hospital (Jewish Hospital) to use state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive Stereotaxis technology
  • Kentucky’s first, nation’s second implantation of the HeartWare® System ventricular assist device (VAD)
  • Nation’s fifth successful hand transplant, completed in a record nine hours
  • World’s first use of Merci Retrieval System® on a ventricular assist device (VAD) Patient suffering a stroke
  • Region’s first Partial Kidney Removal with Vinci S® Surgical System
  • Nation’s first gender-specific Patellofemoral Joint Replacement procedure performed at Jewish Hospital


  • Kentucky’s first circumferential endoscopic ablation performed using the HALO Ablation System, providing treatment for patient’s with Barrett’s esophagus
  • Kentucky’s first National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence


  • Nation’s third successful hand transplant
  • Region’s first health care system to receive system-wide Chest Pain Accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers


  • World’s first APTIS Medical implantable total distal radioulnar joint prosthesis


  • Region’s first implantation of the HeartMate® II ventricular assist device (heart)
  • Kentucky’s first non-heartbeating donor liver transplant


  • World's first two-level percutaneous transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (ortho)
  • One of the world’s first wrist allograft transplants
  • Nation’s first multi-modality show site for GE Medical Systems products (Medical Center East)
  • Region’s first totally implantable left ventricular assist system (LVAD), the LionHeart®, as a permanent device (heart)
  • Region’s first use of the Frontrunner device to penetrate completely blocked coronary arteries (heart)
  • Region’s first use of the SilverHawk™ system to shave and remove plaque from blocked peripheral vessels and arteries
  • Region's first minimally invasive one-level spinal fusion (ortho)
  • Region’s first implantation of the MicroMed DeBakey VAD®  (heart)
  • Kentucky’s first new Stryker Howmedica Osteonics Trident® ceramic-on-ceramic total hip replacement (ortho)


  • Region's first Stryker® Navigation System used in knee surgery (ortho)
  • Region's first UniSpacer knee surgery (ortho)
  • Region's only hospital to participate in the National Lung Screening Trial sponsored by the National Cancer Institute


  • World's first and second AbioCor® Implantable Replacement Heart
  • United States' first 24-hour, seven days a week hand care emergency room and overnight recovery center
  • Kentucky's first hospital to be awarded Magnet Nursing Services designation - the highest honor nationally for nursing services
  • Kentucky's first cochlear implant in a 12-month-old infant
  • Kentucky's first implantation of the Acorn CorCap™ Cardiac Support Device (heart)


  • Kentucky's first artificial spinal disc implant


  • World's first successful human hand transplant
  • Kentucky's first liquid ventilation (heart)
  • Kentucky's first vertebroplasty (ortho)


  • United States' first two-year Novacor® ventricular assist device (VAD) survival patient (heart)
  • Region's first FreeHand System (JHHN rehab)
  • Kentucky's first percutaneous myocardial revascularization (PMR) (heart)
  • Kentucky's first "Beta Cath" following balloon angioplasty (heart)
  • Kentucky's first laparoscopic nephrectomy (kidney)


  • United States' first free-standing heart research facility on a hospital campus
  • Kentucky's first laser sheath lead extraction (heart)


  • World's first minimally invasive saphenous vein harvest (heart)
  • Region's first ventricular remodeling surgery (heart)
  • Region's first port-access mitral valve surgery (heart)
  • Kentucky's first dedicated emergency stroke center


  • Kentucky's first double-lung transplant
  • Region's first dedicated heart and lung center


  • Kentucky's first full-service hotel located on a medical campus
  • Kentucky's first cardiomyoplasty (heart)


  • Kentucky's first coronary stent implant


  • Kentucky's first use of Novacor® VAD (heart)


  • Kentucky's first dedicated emergency heart center


  • Kentucky's first kidney/liver transplant
  • Kentucky's first atherectomy
  • Kentucky's first adult liver transplant


  • Kentucky's first hospital to be designated as a federally approved heart, liver, lung and kidney transplant center
  • Kentucky's first heart/lung transplant


  • Kentucky's first use of the Bird High-Frequency Ventilator
  • Kentucky's first coronary laser angioplasty (heart)
  • Kentucky's first pancreas transplant
  • Kentucky's first kidney/pancreas transplant
  • Kentucky's first use of coronary excimer laser (heart)


  • World's first successful heart transplant following the use of a Thoratec ventricular assist device
  • Kentucky's first juvenile VAD implantation (heart)


  • Nation's first published bilateral laparoscopic oophorectory surgery (gynecology)
  • Kentucky's first adult heart transplant


  • World's first bilateral upper arm replantation
  • Kentucky's first advanced gynecologic laparoscopic surgery


  • One of the world's first cross-hand replantations
  • Kentucky's first coronary angioplasty (heart)


  • Kentucky's first hyperbaric oxygen treatment facility


  • World's first successful double-limb replantation (hand)
  • World's first bilateral forearm replantation


  • World's first vascularized epiphyseal transfer (hand)


  • World's first reported successful technique for primary flexor tendon repair in "No Man's Land" (hand)


  • Western Kentucky's first adult open heart surgery


  • Western Kentucky's first kidney transplant


  • World's first reported repair of a digital artery (hand)



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