Patient Care Overview/Evaluation
Jewish Hospital takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of every transplant recipient. Through the services detailed below, each patient can rest assured they are receiving the highest standard of care, tailored to meet their specific needs.
Each patient referred to our program undergoes a thorough medical assessment to determine suitability as a transplantation candidate. Patients are also screened for anticipated compliance, support system availability, emotional stability and financial coverage for the transplant and post-transplantation care. The Kidney Transplant Team is available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week for issues regarding patient care.
Nephrologists and Immunosuppressive Management
Nephrologists from the University of Louisville actively participate in the evaluation and patient care for all kidney transplants performed at Jewish Hospital. The transplant team coordinates the immuno-suppressive management of the patient during the transplant and post-discharge in the transplant clinic. Immunosuppressive pain management is handled by a team of pharmacists, physicians and coordinators working together to manage medication needs during and after your stay. An onsite pharmacy is available to handle all medication needs. The Transplant Team will also consult with the referring physicians throughout the transplant process to keep them apprised of the patient's transplant status.
The Transplant Coordinators provide continuity of care of the patients beginning with the referral for transplant, transplant hospitalization and transplant follow-up. Transplant Social Workers and the Transplant Financial Counselor assist the patient and their family with housing, insurance verification and other psychosocial concerns.
Additional services provided by our team include:
- Kidney transplants for those with renal failure (including living donor transplants)
- Kidney-Pancreas transplants for those with kidney disease and Type I diabetes
- On-going clinical trials
- Patient education, including nutrition and support groups