Tag: transplant

The gift of life—times three

The gift of life—times three

Last year, Michele Melvin gave birth to healthy twins. A remarkable feat, certainly—as all births are. But for Melvin, the twins represent something bigger, something she thought she would never experience. At an early age, Melvin was told she would not be able to have children.
When she was born, Melvin was diagnosed with complex

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We’ve reached a milestone, thanks to you!

This post marks a milestone of sorts.
It’s #1,000 in a long line of posts we’ve shared with you over the last year and a half since we launched this blog.
We’ve enjoyed writing about new innovations and breakthroughs that Barnes-Jewish Hospital has been a part of, such as the Kling Center for Proton Therapy,

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Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center recognized as 10th largest in the country

Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center recognized as 10th largest in the country

St. Louis Magazine’s “Best Docs” issue couldn’t include every single story due to the enormous amount of health news coming out of St. Louis, so they saved this article as a web-exclusive piece.
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) announced in Aprial that Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the 10th largest solid organ transplant center by

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MTS shares points of light

MTS shares points of light

Turn on the news this weekend and it was easy to wallow in sadness with the heinous attack in Norway, famine killing thousands in Somalia and people across the U.S. succumbing to a brutal heatwave.
But today I opened an email from our friends at Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) to find that they continue to be very successful

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A special name for donor families

A special name for donor families

An envelope  from Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS), the St. Louis region’s organ procurement organization (OPO) arrived on my desk recently. 
The mailing included a letter from MTS president and CEO Dean Kappel and the MTS’s 2011 first quarter report.
Dean’s letter noted that although the number of medically eligible donors had gone down, the number of actual organ donors was

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And how, exactly, does one coordinate a transplant?

And how, exactly, does one coordinate a transplant?

What is it, exactly, that a transplant coordinator does? Coordinate transplants, you say. Well, yes, but that doesn’t come close to describing the complexity of the job.
The primary job of transplant coordinators in the Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center is to serve as the point of contact and access for transplant patients, both before and after

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Gene Ridolfi, Director of the Organ Transplant Center

Gene Ridolfi, Director of the Organ Transplant Center

There are many moving parts to our Organ Transplant Center, and someone’s got to keep them all in play to ensure success. And that someone is Gene Ridolfi.
Gene is the director of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Transplant Center, and he’s been in that position for well over 10 years. The center has seen tremendous growth

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