Kidney transplant patients can receive care locally

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-People needing kidney transplants will no longer have to travel across the state for pre and post operation care. They can now get it done in Bowling Green.

Tuesday morning The Medical Center at Bowling Green in partnership with the University of Kentucky’s Organ Failure and Transplant Network cut ribbons on the UK Transplant Center here at 825 E. 2nd Avenue at the Riverside building.

Patients here in South-Central Kentucky currently have to travel hours to Lexington or across state lines to receive preoperative and postoperative care.

The recent collaboration between The Medical Center and the transplant network, means that patients with chronic kidney disease and those in need of transplant can receive treatment closer to home.

“We’re doing from 120 to 130 kidney transplants a year in Lexington. It’s really difficult for our patients to make it up there for their initial appointments, and their followup. So, we made a huge effort to build this relationship with Medical Center at Bowling Green so that our patients can get access to transplant care closer to home,” said John Berger, surgical director at the Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Program at the University of Kentucky.

According to the transplant network, roughly 1,000 Kentuckians are currently on the waiting list for an organ transplant.