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

he state’s approval of our role as a kidney transplant center will now encourage people to donate more organs and increase the number of transplant surgeries that can be performed.
“Establishing a kidney transplant program is a logical extension of the medical center’s extremely strong nephrology service,” he added. “We currently have 22 nephrologists on staff providing both pre- and post-transplant services.”

Kasturi Vinay Ranga MD, transplant nephrologist, said that the same risk factors responsible for heart disease cause kidney diseases. Also, an increasing number of patients are in need of heart-kidney transplants.

“It make sense that a heart transplant center offer kidney transplants as well to ensure that patients have access to a full spectrum of care in the same facility,” said

Dr. Ranga, who is the lead medical kidney transplant specialist for the medical center.

Hypertension and diabetes, primary causes of chronic kidney disease, are prevalent in the Chicago area, and the incidence of these diseases is expected to increase. Lacking a kidney transplant center closer to home, growing numbers of kidney patients from the south and southwest areas of Chicago and surrounding suburbs have had to travel long distances to obtain needed services at kidney transplant centers located primarily in and around the central portions of the city.
Development of a kidney transplant program at Christ Medical Center – the Southland’s only provider of tertiary and quaternary health care – will improve these patients’ access to transplantation services and help them avoid long commutes.

The state planning board’s approval of Christ Medical Center’s Certificate of Need for kidney transplantation follows the United Network for Organ Sharing’s designation of the medical center for kidney transplants earlier this year. UNOS is the na
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