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State Approves Plans For Kidney Transplants At Advocate Christ Medical Center
Date:12/1/2009

Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. has become the state’s newest kidney transplant center and the first for Chicago’s south and southwest suburbs, following formal approval of the hospital’s plans today (December 1) by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

Springfield, Ill. (Vocus) -- Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. has become the state’s newest kidney transplant center and the first for Chicago’s south and southwest suburbs, following formal approval of the hospital’s plans today (December 1) by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

As a result of the vote, physicians at the medical center expect to begin seeing and evaluating patients as potential candidates for kidney transplantation and potential candidates for living kidney donation.

“Kidney transplantation is a much preferred alternative to life-long kidney dialysis for patients with end stage kidney disease,” Dominica Tallarico, chief operating officer for Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital, told the state planning board. “Kidney transplantation is less costly than dialysis over the life of the patient and immeasurably improves a patient’s life. We are prepared to offer this quality option to patients in a portion of the Chicago area not now served by a kidney transplant center.”

“Christ Medical Center’s commitment to transplantation is reflected in its success as a heart transplant center and its status as a leading provider of organs and donor tissue in Illinois and Northwest Indiana,” said Deepak Mital MD FACS, director of the new kidney transplant program and lead surgeon. “T
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