A surgical team at NYU Langone Health in August 2020 completed the world's first successful simultaneous face and double-hand transplant, the health system announced last week, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from New York, Tennessee, and Texas.
- New York: A surgical team at NYU Langone Health in August 2020 completed the world's first successful simultaneous face and double-hand transplant, the health system announced last week. The procedure at NYU Langone Health lasted 23 hours and involved transplanting the full face—including both ears, eyebrows, eyelids, forehead, lips, nose, and underlying facial bones—as well as both hands to the mid-forearm, including 21 tendons, six blood vessels requiring vascular connections, and nerves, from a donor to the recipient. The 22-year-old recipient had sustained third-degree burns over 80% of his body during a car crash in 2018. Since the transplant, he is now working out as well as dressing and feeding himself. The recipient also is relearning how to blink, pinch, smile, and squeeze, NYU Langone said (Renault/Ritzel, Associated Press, 2/2; Carbajal, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/4).
- Tennessee: Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, has chartered a rocket and spacecraft from SpaceX and is raffling off a ticket to travel on the spaceship to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Isaacman's goal is to raise $200 million for the hospital and give one of the four seats on the ship to a frontline health care worker at the hospital (Ellison, Becker's Hospital CFO Report, 2/2).
- Texas: St. Luke's Health has named Linda Kulhanek as SVP and CFO. Kulhanek most recently served as VP of finance and CFO of Houston Methodist Hospital and has previously served as CFO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/4).