Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center Honored for Success with Liver and Kidney Transplantation

10/5/2012

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Louisville, Ky.—The Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center, part of KentuckyOne Health, received national recognition for excellence in kidney and liver transplantation.

Jewish Hospital received bronze level recognition by the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice, an organization that works to increase the availability of transplantable organs.

The awards measure the success and performance of transplant centers using data such as post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates and mortality rates after being placed on the waiting list. 

The Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center, a partnership with the University of Louisville School of Medicine, is one of the country’s leading providers of organ transplantation and the only transplant center in Louisville for adults.

“We continue to experience exceptional results in our program, saving more lives through transplantation every year,” said  Michael Marvin, M.D., director of Transplantation at Jewish Hospital, associate professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville.  “This recognition places us among the top centers in the country for kidney and liver transplantation.”

The Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice awards were presented in conjunction with the National Learning Congress in Grapevine, Texas, hosted by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

“We are priveleged to have a nationally-recognized transplant center that makes life-saving procedures accessible to individuals in our region,” said Valinda Rutledge, president, Jewish Hospital and senior vice president, KentuckyOne Health. 

The award process was developed by the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice’s Transplant Center Task Force with assistance from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and data experts from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

The Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice began in 2003 as part of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Gift of Life Donation Initiative. Since then, participating organ procurement organizations, donor hospitals and transplant centers have worked to increase the number of organs transplanted and the number of organs transplanted from each donor.

For Kentuckians, joining the Kentucky Donor Registry is as easy as logging on to the secure website www.donatelifeky.org or signing up when you renew your driver’s license. Individuals who live outside of the state of Kentucky can visit www.donatelife.net to be directed to their state’s donor registry.

Physicians seeking transplant referral information can contact the Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center at info@jhsmh.org or 1-800-866-7539.

About Jewish Hospital
Jewish Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, is an internationally renowned high-tech tertiary referral center developing leading-edge advancements in hand and microsurgery, heart and lung care, cancer care, home care, rehab medicine, sports medicine, orthopaedics, neuroscience, occupational health, organ transplantation and outpatient and primary care.  Site of the world’s first successful hand transplant, the world’s first and second successful AbioCor® Implantable Replacement Heart procedures, and world’s first trial of cardiac stem cells in chronic heart failure, the hospital is in the select group that performs heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation.

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