What profoundly impressed me was how she was cared for by so many people so quickly...and I mean cared for. 141 live donor liver 273 kidney transplants 4 liver transplants completed Transplant Institute Launches Live Donor Liver Program METHODIST HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 I 3 Nick added, “I had the cell phone numbers for all of the doctors and the staff. They always said that if I needed anything to call. It was just the accessibility of the people and the caring atmosphere, which were so profoundly unique, that made us such big fans of Methodist.” For all they feel they have been given, Emily and Nick have chosen to give back. “We are overwhelmed with how grateful we are to Methodist for all they did for all five of us. Through our experience, we know that other people need help. If we can help the next person needing a transplant have an easier time, we want to do that. That is why we give,” explained Emily. In addition to generous donations to Methodist to benefit transplant patients and families, Nick serves on the Methodist Foundation Board of Directors. Nick shared, “I have thoroughly enjoyed being on the Board and learning more about what Methodist does. This organization has been something that Emily and I have been very grateful to have a role in. We believe that Methodist serves the community in a profound way.” BY THE NUMBERS Transplant organ transplants completed completed transplants completed 124 In 2017, Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute became one of only a handful of transplant centers in the country to offer a live donor liver program. “The importance of this program is undeniable to those who need a new liver. It can truly mean the difference between life and death,” said James Eason, M.D., Program Director for Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute. Methodist’s live donor liver transplant program offers patients the life-saving option of receiving an organ sooner from a living donor. Because the liver offers the unique ability to regenerate, living donors are able to donate a portion of their healthy liver to a recipient to replace their entire liver. Over time, both the donor’s liver and the recipient’s liver will grow to become fully-formed organs. Keith Pridgen, liver donor, and his sister Amy Thomason, liver recipient, joined Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO, Michael Ugwueke, and Dr. James Eason at the one year anniversary celebration of the live donor liver program at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute. “I am extremely proud that we offer a live donor liver program. Our team is committed to continuing to pursue excellence in our patient outcomes while pursuing innovative and ground-breaking new ways to care for transplant patients and families,” added Dr. Eason.
Methodist Healthcare Foundation Annual Report 2017
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