Scott & White celebrates transplant milestone

- 500 patients receive a kidney/pancreas transplant since 1997 -

TEMPLE, Texas – Scott & White Memorial Hospital conducted a kidney transplant on its 500th patient on Friday, October 18, marking a major milestone for the kidney/pancreas transplant program.

"This milestone highlights the comprehensive world class quality care we provide to our community in Central Texas," said Harry Papaconstantinou, MD, chairman of the department of surgery. "Our transplant family caring for your family is our commitment to the patients we serve."

Since January 1997, the transplant team has transplanted 537 kidney and/or pancreas organs. The kidney/pancreas transplant program was developed by Gregory J. Jaffers, MD, founder of the kidney/pancreas transplant program and transplant surgeon, and Mohanram Narayanan, MD, medical director of the kidney/pancreas transplant program, with Dr. Jaffers conducting a majority of the transplants.

"We brought the program to Central Texas to give our community better access to this specialty procedure without having to travel long distances to metropolitan areas," said Dr. Jaffers.

The program has helped patients in Central Texas and throughout Texas including Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Odessa, Abilene, San Angelo, as well as other states, such as Louisiana.

"It is an honor to be a part of this historic milestone for the Scott & White kidney/pancreas transplant program," said Dr. Narayanan. "As we celebrate this accomplishment, we also need to remember that organ donation is a precious gift. It’s important to recognize the generosity and thoughtfulness of all the people and families who have donated organs over these last 16 years and made these transplants possible. Organ donation can be a tough decision to make at such an incredibly difficult time for a family – but it’s also an extremely powerful one in granting an individual a second chance at life."

Jacqueline Lappin, MD, surgical director of kidney/pancreas organ transplantation, took over as chief of the program in August 2013 and will continue to oversee and lead the transplant team.

"The Scott & White kidney/pancreas transplant program continues to fill a very necessary void in Central Texas - providing state of the art transplant services and compassionate care to our community and neighbors," said Dr. Lappin. "Dr. Doherty and I, along with all our fantastic team members - transplant nephrologists, nurse coordinators, financial counselors, social workers, dieticians, schedulers, operating room staff, ICU and floor nurses - look forward to helping the next 500 patients."

The kidney and pancreas transplant program, an approved and accredited program by United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), is a part of a robust Scott & White transplant program which includes heart, lung, corneal, and blood stem cell. For more information about the kidney and pancreas transplant program, visit the website at http://www.sw.org/transplant/kidney-pancreas/kidney-pancreas-transplant

About Baylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Health is a not-for-profit health care system with total assets of $8.3 billion* and the vision and resources to offer its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The new system includes 43 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 34,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.For More Information visit: www.BaylorScottandWhite.com

* based on unaudited fiscal year 2013 financial statements 

Scott & White, A World of Healing

For more information, contact:

Deke Jones
djones@sw.org

November 6, 2013


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