April 26, 2021
April 15, 2021, Largo, FL --- “Largo Medical Center started the heart transplant program March 19, 2020 and has performed 17 transplants to date.* We are humbled and proud to provide care to not only our community but our own fellow caregivers from other facilities within our HCA Healthcare organization” shares Adam Rudd, CEO of Largo Medical Center.
Brian Hobson, Anesthesia Tech at sister hospital Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and father of two, knew he had a heart issue after having a heart procedure in 2013, however, it wasn’t until December 2020 when he knew it was much worse. He arrived at work on December 3, 2020 and felt like he had run a marathon after zero physical activity; he quickly called his director and advised them that he could not report to work.
After multiple hospital stays, tests and physician appointments, he found himself at Largo Medical Center where he learned he was being recommended for heart transplantation. The team installed a temporary cardiac assist device to help support the heart function and distribute blood across the body; it ultimately serves as a bridge until the transplant. After being on the waitlist for approximately a week, Hobson received the call that the perfect match was ready for him. He received his heart transplant and is looking forward to his continued recovery.
Andrew Boyle, MD, Medical Director of Heart Transplant Program shares “It is a tremendous satisfaction to be able to treat our own HCA employees who develop advanced heart failure all within the HCA system, something not possible as little as a year ago. Rest assured that HCA Largo is there for all HCA employees who, through no fault of their own, find themselves suffering from advanced heart failure. As our mission statement says, above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life, especially one of our own family.”
*As of, April 12, 2021 Largo Medical Center performed 17 heart transplants.