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Putting the Care of Our Transplant Patients First
Jan 25, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

patients firstThe Emory Transplant Center is very grateful to our compassionate and dedicated employees and faculty who treat our patients with the highest level of care possible. We strive to deliver outstanding quality with every patient interaction every day. Sometimes, all it takes is a smile to make someone feel special. The Emory Transplant Center is proud to share some excellent patient and family comments we have received highlighting the care we give.

  • I love case coordinator Ms. Santiba [Johnson, kidney transplant coordinator]. She went out of her way to make sure I was informed, comfortable and had what I needed to make an informed decision.
  • I am extremely pleased with Dr. [James] Spivey and all of the personnel in the transplant center. They saved my life not just with the liver transplant, but also with all of the issues and meds that I had after the transplant. I was fortunate
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Reminder to Patients, Friends and Family to Help Prevent the Flu
Jan 11, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

seasonal fluThe flu season is just getting started. Luckily, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) latest report for the 2015-2016 flu season, overall flu cases have been fairly low so far this year. But as the winter continues, the CDC estimates that flu cases will rise. Therefore, while Emory Transplant Center employees and faculty have been vaccinated against the flu, this is a good time to remind our patients, family and friends to take preventive action now, and if you have not done so yet, get your flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent infection and the spread of influenza. It is up to 90 percent effective in healthy people less than 65 years old. To learn more about the seasonal flu vaccine and a listing of frequently asked questions, visit Emory Healthcare’s seasonal flue vaccine page. Additional information about [...]

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Happy Holidays from the Emory Transplant Center
Dec 21, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

transplant-ribbonNo matter what your religious beliefs or cultural background, the holidays are a time to reflect on our extraordinary blessings and appreciate the love in our lives as we spend time with family and friends. The Emory Transplant Center has so much to be grateful for this season: our skilled faculty and staff, the excellence of our world-class transplant facilities, the satisfaction of helping our transplant patients, and most importantly, our donor families who have given the gift of life. Without a doubt the Emory Transplant Center is one of the busiest transplant centers in the country, offering hundreds of patients in this area a chance at renewed lives. This only occurs through the benefits of organ transplantation each year. Without the selfless acts of kindness from donors and donor families, we wouldn’t have the wonderful stories of hope that we have every day. Please [...]

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Fox 5 Atlanta Health Reporter Gives the Gift of Life
Dec 7, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

fox5 atlantaFox 5 Atlanta’s health reporter, Beth Galvin, started a chain of her own this past June when she donated her kidney at Emory Transplant Center for kidney transplant. In her two decades as a TV reporter, she saw many patients with end-stage renal disease on dialysis, and she wanted to help. She also was inspired by a story she covered in 2013 on Fox 5 about Chamblee Assistant Police Chief Mike Beller, a father of five who donated his kidney at Emory University Hospital (EUH). Galvin took a few weeks off from work and donated her own kidney at EUH last summer. Dr. Nicole Turgeon, Surgical Director of the Paired Donor Exchange Program, was her surgeon. Galvin told her story at the October 24th Atlanta Trends in Transplant conference, hosted by Georgia Transplant Foundation. “I never expected the donor journey to be so emotional and spiritual,” she wrote on her Facebook page [...]

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The True Meaning of Thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

In the true spirit of giving, watch this heartwarming story of how an Emory Transplant Center patient, Bret Reiff, received a kidney from a 21 year-old stranger, Carley Teat. “She is truly an angel in my heart. That’s all I got to say,” says Reiff. As we reflect on this Thanksgiving holiday and of all that we are thankful for, let’s remember those who have given the generous donation of life through organ transplantation. To learn more about living donor kidney transplantation, and the Emory Transplant Center’s Kidney Transplant program, visit emoryhealthcare.org/transplant-kidney. [...]

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Mason Guest House Celebrates Two Decades of Service
Nov 9, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

transplant house 11-9For 20 years, the Mason Guest House (MGH) has offered a peaceful, caring retreat for transplant patients and their caregivers. By providing convenient, low-cost lodging close to the clinical services our patients vitally need, the MGH is a major contributor to Emory Transplant Center’s success as a leading center for transplantation. It is one of the big reasons why we consistently rank high for customer service and quality care. “All the residents [at the MGH] have a common cause,” wrote one guest on a comment card after a recent one-week stay following transplant. “Our experience has been very positive. When you live outside the area, having a place that is close to the hospital and reasonably priced is truly appreciated.” The Masotransplant people 11-9n Guest House booked its first guest on Oct. 2, 1995. Since then, about 25 guests occupy the home-away-from-home each night. Blakely [...]

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Emory Living Donor Kidney Program Meets Transplant Goal
Oct 19, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

Living Kidney Donor Transp;lantThe Emory Transplant Center’s Living Donor Kidney Program set a lofty goal to perform 100 adult and pediatric transplants in fiscal year 2015 (9/1/14--‐8/31/15). And we are proud to announce that they achieved their goal. By July 31st of this year, the Living Donor Kidney Program had just about met expectations, with 85 successful living donor kidney transplants performed at Emory University Hospital, and 12 at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital. The 100th transplant was less than a week later on August 6, 2015. By the end of August, the Program performed a total of 112 transplants. This total included 23 paired donor transplants that had donors matched by the National Kidney Registry in FY15. Motivated by the challenge to transplant 100 patients in FY15, the team aspired even higher this fiscal year and is now projecting 100 adult and 15 pediatric [...]

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Emory Transplant Center Ranks 7th Nationally
Oct 5, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

The Emory Transplant Center ranks 7th among transplant programs across the nation based on adult transplant volumes. In calendar year 2014, we performed 441 adult transplants that placed us 7th overall, tied with Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Our top 10 ranking puts us among good company.           And with the recent release of the latest Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) data, it revealed that all Emory solid organ programs, when risk-adjusted, are similar to if not statistically different from the national data and meet expectations for performance set by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Membership Professional Standards Committee (MPSC). The new SRTR center-specific data included the following one-year graft and patient survival rates for our patients: Heart: Patient survival rate: 90.4% (actual) vs. 90.75% (expected) Graft [...]

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Site Visits Show Emory Transplant Center's Patients are in Excellent Hands
Sep 23, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

GoldSeal_4colorSuccess in a transplant center is measured by many standards — high patient and graft survival rates, satisfied patients and quality care, to name a few — but Emory really does stand out when national regulatory agencies come for required site visits. Three agencies, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the Joint Commission (TJC) and the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), visited the Emory Transplant Center (ETC) this year. Their hard work was evident in the positive comments we received from the surveyors. For the first time in ETC’s history, the Joint Commission surveyed hospital-based outpatient clinics during their site visit in July – this included both the ETC's Outpatient Transplant Clinics at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and the Emory Clinic. "The surveyor was happy with the nurses’ notes on a sample procedure stating, 'This is the [...]

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Emory Liver Transplant Program Appoints New Surgical and Medical Directors
Sep 9, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

Dr. Ram Subramanian

Dr. Ram Subramanian

Dr. Joseph Magliocca

Dr. Joseph Magliocca

There have been some exciting changes happening at the Emory Transplant Center – specifically within the Emory Liver Transplant Program. Just a little over six months ago, Dr. Joseph (Joe) Magliocca was appointed Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program. Dr. Magliocca joined Emory four years ago from Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. His research interests include liver preservation and perfusion with a goal of increasing the number of livers available for transplantation. He serves as an associate editor of the American Journal of Transplantation, the world's most widely read peer-reviewed publication for transplant professionals. In addition, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) recently appointed him to serve on the PROACTOR Task Force (PROviding better ACcess To ORgans) to investigate ways to [...]

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