Lutheran Hospital, a 366-bed facility in Fort Wayne, Ind., has been approved to perform kidney transplants, making it the second renal transplant program in the state.
The hospitals Kidney Transplant Center was recognized Monday as a nationally accredited and certified kidney transplant program by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network and the United Network for Organ Sharing. The center will offer one stop care that includes physician consultations, laboratory work, physicals and physiological assessments.
Because Lutheran now provides this resource, renal patients will also be able to receive all their non-kidney transplant care locally, and this will strengthen healthcare in this community, said A. Tarik Kizilisik, who will serve as the centers director and transplant surgeon.
In addition to patients who receive kidney transplants at Lutheran, the new center will provide care to nearly 300 patients who received transplants in Chicago, Cleveland and Indianapolis. The hospital has operated a heart transplant program for more than two decades.
The Indiana Organ Procurement Organization reports there are more than 71,500 patients on the kidney transplant waiting list in the U.S., and approximately 690 of those patients are in Indiana. Lutheran estimates 30 to 50 patients will be on its kidney transplant waiting list by the end of 2007. -- by Jennifer Lubell