GU Hospital joins organ donation program, ups kidney transplants

Last month, Georgetown University Hospital performed a total of 16 kidney transplants in a week thanks to its partnership with the United Network for Organ Sharing.

UNOS, an organization that uses a national database to pair individuals for organ donations, coordinated the program with Georgetown Hospital and three other hospitals around the country. According to the Associated Press, Georgetown Hospital now transplants kidneys to nearly 30 percent of the people on its waiting list, double the number of transplants it completed before the hospital joined the kidney exchange.

Dr. Keith Melancon, the hospital’s kidney transplant director, plans to comb through records to find more patients who were not previously matched.

Photo, h/t: AP

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