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FUNDamentals: Focus on Transplant

November 16, 2009

You’re sick. An organ transplant is your only option for recovery. Where do you go at this critical time? The transplant team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a wise choice for you, for many reasons.


#1   Barnes-Jewish Hospital has the only transplant center in the region offering a full array of transplant options, including heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, bone marrow and multi-organ transplantation.


#2  Our talent and technology allow us to accept the sickest, highest risk patients.


#3  Our comprehensive, team approach to transplant care prepares you for the transplant process, educates you on how your disease will be managed before and after transplant, assists you with returning to a normal lifestyle and follows up with you for your entire life.


#4  Our past transplant recipients serve as mentors, ready to help you through this intense journey.


#5  Thanks to clinical research conducted by Washington University physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital staff, more patients are receiving transplants, with higher survival rates and lower rates of organ rejection.


Recent milestones at Barnes-Jewish include:


  • Surgeons performed the 1000th adult lung transplant at Barnes-Jewish on Jan. 21, 2009.


  • On Feb. 24, 2009, the first matched pair kidney transplant in St. Louis took place. In this novel approach, a kidney recipient with a suitable but mismatched donor is linked with a second suitable but mismatched donor-recipient pair. The recipients then exchange donors, allowing each recipient to receive a matching kidney.


  • For three consecutive years, our surgeons have performed more than 100 liver transplants at Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals combined, placing the program in the top rank of transplant centers in the United States.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation has established funds to support clinical research that leads to transplant breakthroughs and better outcomes, and funds to help patients who need a transplant but cannot afford basic needs like food, lodging and medicine that are essential to recovery.

“While our successes have been gratifying to all of us at the Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, they also renew our commitment to being national leaders in transplant surgery and medicine,” says Gene Ridolfi, transplant center director. “We thank all who give to transplant for their support – these gifts are vital to our unprecedented progress, growth and innovation.”


To make a gift for transplant or to learn more about our transplant funds, please call David Sandler at 314-362-3499, e-mail givingbarnesjewish@bjc.org or visit www.givingbarnesjewish.org.


From Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation’s Giving Magazine, 2009, Issue 2


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