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Miami Valley Hospital Celebrates the Opening of New Transplant Center and Dialysis Unit

Consolidated services offer patients more convenience

DAYTON, OHIO, January 29, 2007 - Miami Valley Hospital made history nearly forty years ago when two of its physicians performed the first ever kidney transplant in Dayton. Since that groundbreaking surgery hundreds of patients have undergone successful kidney transplants at the hospital and MVH has become the region’s only organ transplant center and largest hospital based provider of dialysis services in the region.

Thursday, February 1, 2007, Miami Valley will make history again when it dedicates its new Transplant Center and Kidney Dialysis Unit located on the third floor of the hospital’s northwest wing. The two pioneering physicians who performed the first kidney transplant at MVH, H. Allan Feller, MD, and John Taylor, MD, both now retired from medical practice, will be on hand to help cut the ribbon to the new units.

Before the renovation, services relating to kidney patients were spread across several areas of the hospital. The $2 million renovation now consolidates all kidney services to one convenient location.

“We are preparing for the future,” says Raj Dhingra, MD, the hospital’s Medical Director for Dialysis Services. “I would like to tell you that kidney disease is decreasing among the population but that is not the case. With obesity on the rise we are seeing more and more patients suffering with diabetes and high blood pressure which leads to kidney disease. Our new unit is designed to meet the increasing number of patients we predict we will be seeing with both acute and chronic kidney disease.”

The National Kidney Foundation reports that 20 million Americans or 1 in 9 adults have chronic kidney disease and another 20 million are at risk. Chronic kidney disease can progress to kidney failure, requiring dialysis or kidney transplantation.

Miami Valley’s new unit integrates all parts of the hospital’s kidney program – surgeons, nephrologists, nurses, coordinators, dieticians, and social workers - in one convenient location to care for patients. Previously patients would have to travel to as many as four locations in the hospital for evaluation and treatment. Now patient care is delivered more efficiently with all services in one area.

The new Dialysis Unit includes nine treatment stations. Each station features a comfortable recliner and a flat screen television. The dialysis area also is designed with a broad span of glass allowing for natural light to flow into treatment areas and a view of the Dayton skyline.

“Our goal was to create a pleasant environment for our patients,” says Jane Robinson, RN, MS Vice President of Hospital Operations. “Coping with kidney disease can be extremely emotional. We wanted to create an atmosphere that would be soothing.”

The planning team working on the project achieved its goal. Walls are painted in soft color hues and wood trim is used throughout the unit. The new area also features educational classrooms and more spacious staff work areas installed with the latest technology to monitor patients.

Adjoining the new Dialysis Unit is a new Transplant Center which includes spacious patient exam areas, and administrative offices.

“MVH remains the only hospital in the Dayton area performing kidney transplants and it has one of the shortest wait times for kidney transplants in the country,” says Thav Thambi-Pillai, MD, Associate Surgical Director of Transplant Surgery at the hospital. “As the public becomes more educated about organ donation, we are seeing living donors which increases the existing organ supply.”

Miami Valley’s Transplant Center works in cooperation with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and is a partner with Life Connection of Ohio, an independent, not-for-profit agency that assists with organ procurement.

“Miami Valley Hospital has a great renal program and with the opening of the new Dialysis Unit and Transplant Center we mark a new era for the hospital,” says Robinson. “We have always been a leader in kidney dialysis and transplants and the new units will only serve to make us stronger in this clinical area.”

Quick Facts about Kidney Disease

  • Over 17 million Americans suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease
  • This number increases by about 6 % each year
  • Diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) is the number one and number two causes of kidney disease
  • Dialysis is not a cure for kidney disease. This life-saving, blood-filtering process is strenuous, expensive and comes with severe dietary and lifestyle restrictions
  • African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian Americans are more likely to have kidney disease than Caucasians

Quick Facts about Kidney Transplantation

  • 64,000 Americans are on a waiting list for a new kidney
  • The first kidney transplant in The United States was performed in 1954 in Boston Today about half of kidney transplants are from living donors. Since medication to prevent rejection is so effective, donors do not need to be genetically similar to their recipient. The other half are from deceased donors. A living donor transplant can take place quickly The wait for a decease donor transplant can take up to four years