Piedmont Hospital’s Transplant Services Partner with MUMC

(December 7, 2007 ) -- Piedmont Hospital Transplant Services is partnering with Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) in Savannah to launch its second satellite clinic in Georgia in an effort to enhance patient access to transplantation evaluation and follow-up care. Establishing the Savannah clinic will make care more convenient for those patients who live outside of Atlanta, reduce Transplant Services' initial evaluation time from two days to one day for kidney recipients, and shorten the pre-screening and evaluation time for liver transplant candidates. "We strive to offer superior medical and surgical care for our kidney, pancreas and liver recipients and donors," said John D. Whelchel, M.D., medical director of Piedmont's Transplant Services. "We strategically selected Savannah as our second satellite clinic location and feel confident the clinic will help improve the quality of care for our patients, both pre- and post-transplant." "We are excited about this opportunity for academic cooperation. The Piedmont Transplant Clinic at MUMC will make it much easier for transplant recipients in this part of the state to receive the pre- and post-operative care they need. This is a wonderful service for our community," said Ramon Meguiar, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer at MUMC. The team will be conducting pre- and post-liver and kidney evaluations, as well as educational classes for staff and patients interested in the advantages and risks of transplantation. Initial candidate screenings in the clinic will be performed by a transplant physician and/or nurse specialist. The clinic is located in the Georgia Ear Institute, 2nd floor, 4700 Waters Ave., Savannah, Ga., 31404. For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-888-605-5888. Piedmont Hospital Transplant Services provide kidney, pancreas and liver transplants. Nearly 1,800 transplants have been performed at Piedmont Hospital since the transplant program was launched in 1986. Piedmont Hospital began liver transplantation in April 2005, becoming one of only two liver transplant programs in Georgia. Piedmont is among the top 20 of all kidney transplant programs in the country based on total number of procedures. To date in 2007, Piedmont has recorded 164 transplants, including 102 kidney transplants, eight kidney-pancreas transplants, and 54 liver transplants. Thirty of the 102 kidney transplants involved living donors. Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; CareOne, its two-state home care division; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. Memorial University Medical Center is the only hospital in the country to be named both a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates and one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by Fortune magazine. About Piedmont Hospital A recipient of the 2007and 2006 Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety™ according to HealthGrades (a leading healthcare ratings company), Piedmont is recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired hospitals in the 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 100 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study. A private, not-for-profit organization with 3,700 employees and a medical staff of more than 900 physicians, Piedmont Hospital is a 458-bed acute tertiary care facility located on 26 acres in the north Atlanta community of Buckhead offering all major medical, surgical and diagnostic services. For more information, visit www.piedmonthospital.org.