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Lutheran Hospital puts temporary stop to kidney transplant program

Lutheran Hospital

Lutheran Hospital has made the decision to put a pause on their kidney transplant program. This is the second transplant program in less than a year the hospital has stopped.

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 1:35 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2020 3:15 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Lutheran Hospital announced Wednesday it will temporarily stop another transplant program at their hospital.

The hospital has made the decision to put a pause on their kidney transplant program.

A spokesperson with Lutheran Health issued the following statement to FOX 55:

"The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) require kidney transplant programs to have certain key personnel and staff in place at all times.

Some unexpected personnel developments and the opportunity to strengthen internal processes prompted us to voluntarily inactivate the program.

This action does not affect a patient’s place on the donor list.

We have placed calls to the patients on the kidney transplant list to discuss the matter and how we can support them during this process.

Transplant Center staff will continue to follow the more than 350 post-surgical patients that we serve and provide the care that they need." 

This is now the second transplant program Lutheran has stopped.

In March 2019, the hospital made the decision to end its heart transplant program after struggling to find a dedicated cardiologist with the proper training and certifications for the program.

Lutheran Hospital anticipates the inactivation will last about four months.

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