Baptist Health Heart Failure and Transplant Institute

Heart Transplant

The Baptist Health Heart Failure and Transplant Institute offers a seamless care path for advanced heart failure patients who eventually require advanced heart failure therapies.

The Baptist Health Heart Transplant Program is surgically led by Dr. John Ransom and medically directed by Dr. Steve Hutchins. Both physicians have been with the program since its inception and have worked hard to provide a high-quality transplant program for all Arkansans. Currently, Dr. Ransom and Drs. Hutchins, Patrick Campbell and Keerthy Narisetty and their staff monitor and care for hundreds of transplant patients in varying stages of the transplant process. All transplant staff members involved with the program are dedicated to making this a positive experience for the referring physicians, their patients and families. 

No other hospital in the state can offer this level of care.

What is a heart transplant?

A heart transplant is surgery to remove the diseased heart from a person and replace it with a healthy one from an organ donor.

Before you can be put on a waiting list for a heart transplant, a healthcare provider makes the decision that this is the best treatment choice for your heart failure. A healthcare team also makes sure you are otherwise healthy enough to go through the transplant process.

Baptist Health Heart Transplant Team:

Medical Director: Steve Hutchins, MD

Surgical Director: John Ransom, MD

Transplant and LVAD Surgeons:
John Ransom, MD
Jay Bhama, MD

Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologists:
Steve Hutchins, MD
Patrick Campbell, MD
Keerthy Narisetty, MD
Onyedika Ilonze, MD

Heart Failure Clinicians:
Wes Hall, PA
Josh Johnson, PA
Katie Thompson, APRN

Heart Failure Nurse Coordinators:
Lola Fish, RN
Marlene Prewett, RN

Heart Transplant Nurse Coordinators:
April Goodnight, RN
Alison Harrell, RN
Kelli Fritcher, RN

LVAD Nurse Coordinators:
Christina Barrett, RN
Jimmy Matchett, RN
Opal Flowers, RN
Tori Davenport, RN

Executive Director: Jeffrey Hartsell, MHSA

Clinical Program Director: Wes Hall, PA

Program Pharmacist: Jennifer Day, PharmD

Program Social Worker: Lindsey Estes, LCSW

Research Director: Amy Ford

For more information about Baptist Health’s Heart Transplant Program, please call (501) 202-1500, option two or toll-free at 1-800-768-8003, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For emergencies, call (501) 516-7802.