UF Health Shands Hospital Transplant Program Excels

Posted at 3:25 PM, Jan 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-31 11:49:35-05

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) -  Reports from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients show that UF Health Shands Hospital has surpassed all pediatric heart transplant programs in the nation.

UF Health says it is considered "one of the two most active programs in the southeastern United States for pediatric heart transplants."

According to the SRTR, the organ transplant program has had zero deaths over the past two and a half years. 

Additionally, the United Network for Organ Sharing reports that surgeons at the transplant center have performed a total of 120 pediatric heart transplants and heart-lung transplants since 2006.

Ed Jimenez, chief executive officer of UF Health Shands Hospital, says “One of the predominant reasons why UF Health Shands Hospital continues to excel in patient survival is because of our outstanding transplant team that treats even our tiniest of patients.”