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Evanston hospital gets transplant role

NorthShore University HealthSystem and the University of Chicago are opening a transplant evaluation program in Evanston.


NorthShore University HealthSystem and the University of Chicago are opening a transplant evaluation program in Evanston.

The new program announced today offers evaluation and ancillary testing services for patients requiring organ transplants.

“Providing transplant evaluation and testing services at NorthShore sites eases the stress of travel for patients and their families,” while providing access to transplant surgery at the University of Chicago’s medical center in Chicago, said Michael Millis, M.D., Director of the Transplantation Center at UCMC.

The Transplant Evaluation Program will assess and provide pre- and post-transplant exams for patients who are potential candidates for, or recipients of, heart, lung, liver, pancreas, kidney, and multi-organ transplants.

“There is, quite frankly, no finer transplant program in this region that combines outstanding clinical care, demonstrated research productivity and an unequivocal commitment to patient safety and satisfaction,” said Mark Talamonti, M.D., Chairman, Department of Surgery, NorthShore.

NorthShore also announced that it is teaming up with the U of C to offer a liver disease treatment program at the NorthShore Glenbrook Specialty Suites in Glenview.

The Transplant Evaluation Program is located at NorthShore Specialty Suites at 1000 Central St., adjacent to Evanston Hospital.

The University of Chicago is a pioneering institution in organ transplantation, having built the framework and technique for organ transplants, work that was honored by the Nobel Prize in 1912, and performing the first living-donor liver transplant in America in 1989. UCMC provides the most comprehensive transplant program in the state, performing heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, pancreatic islets transplants and one of the nation’s largest multi-organ transplant programs.

Crain’s Chicago Business reports the new program could pressure Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the city’s busiest transplant center. Some patients who live on the North Shore, a key service area for Northwestern, now might be referred to U of C via the Evanston transplant clinic.

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