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You’ve come to expect only the best from Indiana University Health. Our transplant program is no exception. Below is a list of some of our strongest features. We take great care to uphold these standards each and every day.
Our transplant physicians are world-renowned and their opinions are often sought by other transplant programs for consultations about organ quality and surgery. We maintain one of the largest databases in the country to track patients’ pre-transplant health and the organs’ health markers. We understand the needs of our patients and rely on years of experience to get the job done.
More than 6,000 patients have continued to lead active and healthy lives thanks to our care team. Our support staff works exclusively in transplant care, making them experts in their field. Specially trained coordinators and nurses care for transplant patients, providing compassionate, quality care during all aspects of treatment.
Shorter Wait Times
Transplant wait times vary widely for several different reasons. Most patients are forced to wait for a transplant because of the shortage of organs. The wait time for each patient is based on his or her individual situation and is affected by many factors. These can include:
- 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
Focus On Research
Our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) allows our surgeons access to additional resources, education and teaching opportunities. We constantly evolve organ transplant practices and procedures to reflect improvements and advanced research to ensure patients receive premier care. We participate in ongoing studies and clinical trials to provide IU Health patients with nothing short of the best. Our current research efforts focus on:
- Xenograft and alternative transplantation options
- Preserving the donor organ
- Improving the diagnosis and treatment of organ rejection
- Evaluating anti-rejection medication
- Poor/delayed graft function
- Hepatitis C infection
Medicare-Approved Transplant Center
IU Health Transplant is proud to be Medicare-approved to perform several transplant procedures. This means we have fulfilled a list of criteria required by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This list of criteria includes performing a specific number of organ transplants while maintaining good clinical outcomes. So how does this benefit our 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 will qualify you for Part B benefits, covering up to 80 percent of your transplant medications. IU Health Transplant is the only approved program in Indiana for pancreas, multivisceral, intestine and liver transplant. We were also the first approved kidney transplant program in the state.