November 27, 1996
Media Contact: Gary Stephenson
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Kidney, Pancreas, Liver, Heart, Lung, Bone Marrow, Corneal Transplants Provided

In a move to consolidate and streamline its organ transplant services, Johns Hopkins has established the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center (JHCTC). For the first time, all solid organ and bone marrow transplant services for adults and children will be administratively centralized. In addition, the kidney transplant program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center has been relocated to the East Baltimore campus. Pre- and post-operative care of kidney transplant recipients, including a transplant clinic, will remain at Bayview.

The JHCTC will establish Hopkins as one of the largest providers of transplant services in the Mid-Atlantic region. With the largest and most experienced liver, heart and bone marrow transplant programs in Maryland, Hopkins physicians last year performed more than 300 transplant procedures including 176 bone marrow, 51 liver and 20 heart transplants.

JHCTC operations will be overseen by a new steering council comprised of clinical department chairs, the CFO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the vice president for marketing and planning, and the director of surgical nursing. A special advisory council also has been created, comprised of a transplant recipient, a donor family member, a consumer advocate, a pediatric advocate, and members of East Baltimore's clergy.

"This lets us better serve patients, achieve economies, and plan physician and staff time more efficiently," says Ronald Peterson, acting president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System.

"One major goal is to promote greater minority participation in organ transplantation and donation," adds Andrew Klein, M.D., chief of the division of transplantation and JHCTC director. "The community must be part of the process. Only if they feel enfranchised will we see a positive impact on organ donations."

A state-of-the-art communications and database system also has been developed to collect clinical information on inpatients and outpatients from the moment they are first referred and evaluated through transplantation and subsequent years of follow-up. The data can be shared electronically, eliminating redundancy and other problems associated with paper records, and providing an accurate means of tracking clinical outcomes, according to Klein. "As the number of our transplants continues to grow, we are placing renewed emphasis on achieving good communications among our physicians, our patients, our referring physicians, and managed care providers," he said.

The JHCTC will continue to develop, through innovative research and clinical practice, new techniques in transplantation and organ utilization. In the past, Hopkins surgeons have done pioneering work in the areas of laparoscopic donor kidney removal and the split liver procedure, both of which have increased the availability of organs for transplantation. New programs are under way in intestinal transplantation, lung shaving/volume reduction and pediatric lung transplantation.

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