Nation’s first center for heart failure and arrhythmia to be created at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. The dean of the Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital announced Wednesday that it will establish a unique center in the U.S. for treating patients with heart failure and arrhythmia.

Nation’s-first-center-for-heart-failure-and-arrhythmiaThe Ohio State hospital has received an $18 million gift from a former patient Bob and Corrine Frick to establish the center that will be known as Bob and Corrine Frick Center for Heart Failure and Arrhythmia.

The coordinating center has received approval from the Wexner Medical Center Board while the Ohio State University Board of Trustees’ approval is pending.

The main aim behind this center is to provide patient care, research and education because usually care for patients with heart failure and arrhythmia are not coordinated and as result, they unnecessarily spend additional time in physician offices and waiting for tests, decisions and procedures.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, early 6 million Americans, suffers from heart failure. Arrhythmia causes the heart beating too slowly, too quickly or irregularly; the CDC has reported that atrial fibrillation, affects nearly 3 million to 6 million people in the United States.

“We are deeply grateful to Bob and Corrine for their incredible gift to establish nation’s first center for heart failure and arrhythmia,” said The Ohio State University President Michael Drake, MD. “This is a remarkable example of how our doctors, nurses and staff members provided a patient and his family with unmatched treatment over the course of many years, resulting in generosity that will help others for generations to come.”