St. John Transplant Center Receives Five-Star Program Rating by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients

TULSA, Okla. (January 30, 2018) – The St. John Transplant Center is the recipient of the only five-star program rating in Oklahoma by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), the highest possible rating.

SRTR, a national resource for organ transplantation analysis and data, assesses the outcomes of centers that perform liver, heart, lung, kidney and kidney-pancreas transplants.  SRTR evaluates patients who live with a functioning transplanted organ one year after the transplant, then assigns a score.

“It is an honor to be counted among the best and it reflects our transplants team’s commitment to delivering the highest quality care to our patients,” says Irfan Kundi, MD, medical director of the St. John Transplant Center. “Our program takes great pride in returning our transplant patients to productive lives.”

The St. John Transplant Center is a regional kidney transplant program serving patients in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.  The center performed a record number of kidney transplants (49) in 2017. Forty-four transplants were performed in 2016. 

“We attribute this to our growing living donor program, an increased number of referrals year over year and an increase in United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) candidate listings,” said Gary Sigle, MS, RN, CCTC, St. John Transplant Center administrator.

A living donor transplant provides the best opportunity for a quality kidney with the shortest waiting time, and gives recipients the opportunity to live longer and have a better quality of life.

“Living donation offers another choice for transplant candidates, and it saves two lives: the recipient and the next candidate on the deceased organ waiting list,” said Dr. Salahuddin, St. John Transplant Center Living Donor program director.

The Center is proud to also be named an Aetna Institutes of Excellence™ Transplant Facility.  To be selected, a healthcare facility must meet quality criteria for number of procedures, success rates, cost-effective care, how often patients return to the hospital and rates of complications.

The St. John Transplant Center recently held an Inaugural Living Donor Gala to honor living kidney donors and to spotlight the impact living donation makes on the lives of those with chronic kidney disease/failure. Attendees were thanked and inspired by a living donor sibling pair. St. John living kidney donors were recognized throughout the evening by members of the St. John surgical and transplant care teams, LifeShare, and their own St. John transplant recipients. They received gifts of appreciation and enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing.

Oklahoma has more than 4,500 patients on dialysis and more than 500 patients actively listed and waiting for a kidney transplant. Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the national transplant wait list and, on average, 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant. Oklahomans rank 10th for most at-risk population for end-stage renal disease in the U.S.

Ascension’s St. John Health System operates seven hospitals and more than 90 healthcare clinics and facilities in eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. St. John Health System employs approximately 8,000 associates. Across the region, St. John Health System provided more than $68 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Oklahoma for more than 90 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

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