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Wellness & Prevention Newsletter Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Wellness & Prevention Newsletter Thursday, July 30, 2015

Living Donor Program

Since starting our program in 2000, the PinnacleHealth Transplant Department has performed more than 990 kidney and kidney/pancreas transplants. PinnacleHealth's experienced transplant team is an expert in the most advanced techniques for transplant, including the single port donation procedure.

Our living donation program provides donors and recipients with state of the art care. Our patients continue to benefit from excellent outcomes, exceeding the national averages. Find out what it means to be a living donor by reading more.

Carlo and Jill's Story

Carlo needed a transplant. Jill was new to the area and heard his story. Read this touching tale of how a complete stranger became a living donor to a man in need and saved his life.

Understanding Kidney Transplants

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure performed to replace a diseased kidney with a healthy kidney from another person. The kidney may come from a deceased donor or from a living donor.
A person receiving a transplant usually receives only one kidney, but, in rare situations, he or she may receive two kidneys. In most cases, the diseased kidneys are left in place during the transplant procedure. The transplanted kidney is implanted in the lower abdomen on the front side of the body.

Read more to find out why kidney transplants occur, where transplanted organs come from, who the transplant team is, and more. To find out more about PinnacleHealth's Kidney Transplant program, click here.

Linda's Story

Linda Faust needed a kidney transplant. Thanks to her sister, the inspiration of her granddaughter and PinnacleHealth, she's here to tell her story.

Upcoming Events

May 1   Transplant Support Group
May 1   Transplant Caregiver Support Group
May 16   Thyroid Health

Get the Stats

  • Currently, nearly 120,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States. For specific numbers visit
  • 65,991 Multicultural Patients*
  • 1,760 Pediatric Patients*
  • 28,052 Organ Transplants Performed in 2011
  • 14,013 Organ Donors in 2012
  • More than 46,000 corneas were transplanted in 2012
  • More than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year and the surgical need for tissue has been steadily rising
*Data as of March 2013 taken from

Learn More

How to Become an Organ Donor
PinnacleHealth's Transplant Program
Organ Donor Myths
How the Transplant System Works