April 25th, 2013 | It’s one of the leading medical issues of our time: human donor organs are in extremely short supply, while nearly 20 Americans die daily waiting for a life-saving transplant. So, why aren’t more people giving the gift of life through organ donation? In many cases, family members aren’t even aware of the potential donor’s decision,… Continue Reading
In January of 2011, the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health moved to a brand new space in the Simon Family Tower. This allowed us to provide children and their families with private rooms, family areas and even a Wii videogame system in every room. But it doesn’t stop there.
Riley Level of Care
At Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, we strive to deliver amazing services. One of the services we’re most proud of is child life. Our caring child life team is made up of professionals who have educational backgrounds in childcare, child health, child development or related fields. They travel from room to room to focus a child’s attention from their pain and anxiety to more pleasant things like music, books and games.
The transplant team at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is aggressive when it comes to organ transplant surgery. We take great measures to review and inspect every organ offer. Our surgeons have been known to fly across the country to procure organs for our pediatric patients. This persistence has led to a number four ranking in volume in 2010 by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
Our support staff works exclusively in organ transplant care, making them experts in their field. Specially trained coordinators and nurses provide compassionate, quality care during all aspects of treatment.
Focus on Research
Our connection to the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) makes us unique and cutting-edge. Our research process achieves incredible results and undeniable expertise. From kidney transplant to intestine transplant, we are constantly on the search for improved outcomes. These medical discoveries are available to our patients and can be life-changing. Currently, our research is centered on the following:
- Xenograft and alternative transplantation options
- Preserving the donor organ
- Improving the ability to detect organ rejection
- Providing scientific research in immunology
- Evaluating anti-rejection medication through collaborative investigation with other transplant centers
- Cytomegalovirus and Hepatitis C infections
- Poor/delayed graft function
Shorter Wait Times
Transplant surgery can mean a very different situation for a child and their family. At Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, we understand these differences and have become experts in delivering the organs you need. Transplant waiting times vary widely for several different reasons. The wait time for each patient is based on individual situations and is affected by many factors including:
- Tissue type
- Blood type
- Height and weight of transplant candidate
- Medical urgency
- Size of donated organ
- The distance between the donor’s hospital and the donor
- The transplant center’s criteria for accepting organ offers
Our doctors go above and beyond the call of duty to review additional organs for transplantation. While all hospital must abide by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) regulations, our transplant team is very aggressive when it comes to organ allocation. No matter what the distance or circumstance, we do everything we can to get your child the organ they need.
Medicare-Approved Transplant Center
IU Health Transplant is proud to be approved by Medicare to perform several transplant procedures. To earn this certification, we fulfilled a list of criteria required by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This list includes performing a specific number of transplants while achieving positive clinical outcomes. But how does this benefit patients?
When you receive an organ transplant at a Medicare-approved transplant center, you qualify for the benefit of Medicare Part B for medications. While the cost of transplant medications can be very high, insurance will pay for these medications. But if you don’t have insurance, a Medicare-approved center qualifies you for Part B benefits, covering up to 80 percent of your transplant medications. We were the first Medicare-approved kidney transplant program in the state and are the only approved program in Indiana for pancreas, liver and intestine and multivisceral transplants.