Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston said last week it will appeal a Massachusetts judge's decision to permit the hospital's premier liver transplant team to set up a new program at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, Mass.
Beth Israel Deaconess sought an injunction to block an expedited determination-of-need approval by the state Department of Public Health. The head of the team, Roger Jenkins, M.D., had asked for speeded-up consideration of the move to Lahey, saying the team would break up or leave the state if it had to wait through the normal yearlong DON process.
Jenkins is the physician who accomplished the first liver transplant in New England involving a living donor. The operation last December took part of a liver from a healthy adult instead of from a brain-dead donor.
But soon after the procedure Jenkins announced he would leave Beth Israel Deaconess after clashing with physicians in charge of the surgery department, which was combined from two into one after Beth Israel Hospital and Deaconess Hospital merged in 1996.