Louisville Hospital Won't Be Part Of Next AbioCor Implants

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville hospital that was a pioneer in testing a self-contained replacement heart says it won't participate in the next round of implants.

Jewish Hospital is citing the expense of the AbioCor implants as a reason for not partnering with the device's maker. Chief medical officer Dr. Lynn Simon says it costs the hospital about $1 million for each surgery.

Simon says that amount of money can be used to take care of many more patients.

Jewish Hospital gained worldwide attention when the first two AbioCor implants were done there.

AbioCor maker Abiomed Inc. says it has received federal approval for up to 4,000 annual implants of an updated version of the AbioCor.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-01-25-08 1229EST

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