Sutter Medical Center in the US state of California will provide patients with heart transplant therapy as a permanent therapy and not just a bridge to transplant.

The hospital is the first in Northern California to be awarded the Ventricular Assist Device /Destination Therapy certification from The Joint Commission.

The therapy is an alternative to transplantation for patients with end-stage heart failure who do not qualify or are ineligble for a heart transplant, the centre said.

The device, implanted into the abdomen, performs pumping for the heart, allowing patients to pursue their regular activities.