Category: Transplant

Former mayor of Quincy, Illinois, advocates for organ donation after lifesaving transplantation

Former mayor of Quincy, Illinois, advocates for organ donation after lifesaving transplantation

Charles “Chuck” Scholz, 62, of Quincy, Illinois, has always been an active member of his community and served as the town’s mayor for three terms, from 1993 to 2005. After receiving a liver transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in early 2015, his community involvement has focused on a specific cause: spreading the word about the lifesaving

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Liver Transplant Means Healthier Days Ahead

Liver Transplant Means Healthier Days Ahead

Nick Elizondo was born with heterotaxy syndrome, a disorder that results in certain organs forming on the opposite side of the body. “My liver was on my left side and disconnected, so surgeons had to reconnect it when I was 9 years old,” Elizondo says. “It was always assumed that at some point I would need

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Transplant Nurses Day 2015: A tribute to transplant nurse coordinators

Transplant Nurses Day 2015: A tribute to transplant nurse coordinators

As you might imagine, the process of organ transplantation is complex. Fortunately, patients in need of a new heart or kidney or new bone marrow don’t have to go through it alone. In addition to offering patients surgical expertise and post-transplant care with exceptional outcomes, the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center offers specialized help

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Heart transplant success: collaboration saves a life

Heart transplant success: collaboration saves a life

If you ask anyone who was part of Rick Bales’ care team, they’ll all agree his story is rather remarkable. In January, Bales underwent a heart transplant procedure. The surgery only lasted a few hours, but his journey to a new heart began more than two years ago, after he survived a massive heart attack.

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Former heart transplant patient helps others

Former heart transplant patient helps others

Yesterday, Gene Ridolfi, MHA, RN, executive director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, was invited to speak at the dedication of a new apartment in St. Louis dedicated to transplant patients. A heart transplant recipient at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Larry Bonds created a foundation to fund community initiatives such as apartments for patients who

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Why I Walk: Transplant Center team captain shares thoughts on Heart Walk

Why I Walk: Transplant Center team captain shares thoughts on Heart Walk

Gene Ridolfi, MHA, RN, is the executive director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center and is one of the hospital’s American Heart Association Heart Walk team captains. He explains why participating in the 2014 Heart Walk at Busch Stadium May 10 is important to him.
When my brother was just 48 years old,

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Organ donation: 10 common myths

Organ donation: 10 common myths

April is Donate Life Month, which is a good reminder of how important organ and tissue donation is to our community and around the world. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, more than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ, and a new person joins the list every 10 minutes.
Myth 1: I

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Stage 4 renal failure prompts daughter to give dad her kidney

Stage 4 renal failure prompts daughter to give dad her kidney

April is Donate Life Month, which is a good reminder of how important organ and tissue donation is to our community and around the world. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, more than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ, and a new person joins the list every 10 minutes. Today, we are

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Recognizing Transplant Nurses Day 2014

Recognizing Transplant Nurses Day 2014

Transplant programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital have a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of patients and their families each year. What we do requires a team of very dedicated individuals. Today, in honor of Transplant Nurses Day, we would like to recognize our nurses and the ways they help

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Kidney transplant recipient gives back by mentoring

Kidney transplant recipient gives back by mentoring

April is Donate Life Month, which is a good reminder of how important organ and tissue donation is to the transplant team at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, and around the world. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, more than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ, and a new person joins

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