Organ donation leader

April 11th, 2017

JPS Health Network is No. 1 in the nation for organ donation among hospitals that don’t perform transplants and ninth in the country overall, according to statistics from the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Forty-five donors at JPS provided major organs for 114 life-saving transplants in 2016, many performed at area hospitals for North Texans who had been on the waiting list for years, according to LifeGift, the organ procurement organization for North, Southeast and West Texas. JPS donors also provided corneas and tissue grafts — skin for burn patients, heart valves, pericardium, tendon, cartilage and bone.

Organ transplants are not performed at JPS, but cornea transplants are among the procedures available to JPS patients from ophthalmologists in the JPS Specialty Clinics. Donors at JPS provided 82 corneas in 2016, up from 30 the previous year, according to the Transplant Services Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, which provides eye bank services for JPS. Twenty-four of those corneas were transplanted at JPS, restoring sight for JPS patients.

At the top of the list of U.S. hospitals in 2016 is Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, with 100 donors, followed by Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., with 62. Among all hospitals, JPS ranks No. 9, between Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with 46, and University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas with 40.



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