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University Hospitals Transplant Institute Broadens Scope

Friday, April 13, 2012

AKRON – University Hospitals has expanded its services at the Transplant Institute Education and Evaluation Center in Akron by providing transplant education and evaluation to lung and heart transplant patients.

University Hospitals established a satellite Transplant Institute Education and Evaluation Center in Akron in February 2011, extending its renowned transplant services to Summit County and surrounding communities.

The satellite location, located at 1 Park West (at the intersection of I-77 and White Pond Road), will now provide transplant education and evaluation services to patients with lung, heart, kidney and liver failure who are potential candidates for the procedure. The new location fills a need in the community for these services following the closure of the kidney transplant program in Summit County two years ago.

“University Hospitals is also one of the few healthcare systems in Ohio that offers all treatments for advanced heart failure, including heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices, and unique clinical trials to patient who are suffering from heart failure,” Dr. James Fang, Director, Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Center at UH Case Medical Center and Chief Medical Officer, Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute.

A multi-disciplinary team of transplant specialists from University Hospitals Case Medical Center, UH’s academic medical center, will provide services at this satellite, which include:

  • Education of organ failure and the transplantation process
  • Determination of transplant candidacy
  • Partnership with local providers to improve timely referral
  • Support programming to enhance patient and care provider support

 The actual transplant and initial follow-up care will be performed at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland.

“We take our ability to walk and travel for granted. Advanced lung disease profoundly affects a patient’s ability to perform these actions even in some cases, for evaluation of advanced therapies,” said Dr. Robert Schilz, UH Case Medical Center’s Medical Director of lung transplantation and pulmonary vascular disease. “We are pleased to extend our thoracic transplant services to patients closer to home in an effort to ease some of the significant burdens of advanced lung diseases.”

UH Case Medical Center, the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has had a renowned transplant program for more than 40 years, performing its first kidney transplant in 1968 and provides transplantation services for treatment of patients suffering from kidney, pancreas, liver, heart and lung failure.

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