Record Number of Organs Transplanted at Jewish Hospital

01/18/18 News Article

More than 150 lives were saved in 2017 thanks to a record-breaking number of organs transplanted at the Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center, a joint program of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and KentuckyOne Health.

The annual record for the most organs transplanted in the center’s 53-year history was broken on Dec. 1, with 175 organs transplanted. By Dec. 27, 12 more organs were transplanted. The transplant program is known for performing Kentucky’s first adult heart, pancreas, heart-lung and liver transplants.

“It’s a joyful time for us as we mark this milestone,” said Christopher Jones, MD, program director, Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center. “After all, the need for transplants is great. On average, 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant. So at the end of the day, it goes way beyond the numbers—it’s about the fact that we are giving more people their lives back, that we are keeping more families together longer.”

The center also achieved several other milestones in 2017, including its 5,000th organ transplant, its 3,000th kidney transplant and its 900th liver transplant.

In addition to transplantation, Jewish Hospital Transplant Care is actively involved with efforts to increase awareness of the need for organ donation, in collaboration with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates.

It’s a joyful time for us as we mark this milestone. After all, the need for transplants is great. On average, 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant. So at the end of the day, it goes way beyond the numbers—it’s about the fact that we are giving more people their lives back, that we are keeping more families together longer.

- Christopher Jones, MD, program director, Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center
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