St. David's HealthCare October 06, 2017

Richard L. Lewis, M.D., surgical and program director of The Kidney Transplant Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s North Austin Medical Center today announced the 600th kidney transplant in Austin. The transplant was performed through the hospital’s Kidney Transplant Center—the only kidney transplant program in the Austin area—by Richard L. Lewis, M.D., surgical and program director of The Kidney Transplant Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, on July 2, 2017.

Since 1996, The Kidney Transplant Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center has provided patients with kidney disease an alternative to dialysis through kidney transplantation.

“We are committed to improving the quality of life for patients afflicted with end-stage renal disease,” Ken Mitchell, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “Our highly skilled team of transplant specialists, social workers, dieticians, pharmacists, physicians and nurses provides the highest level of patient care, education and support for kidney transplantation.”

There are two sources of kidneys for transplantation—living donors and deceased donors. Deceased donor kidneys are provided by families or individuals who have agreed to organ donation, which is then performed at the time of death. Living donor kidneys are most commonly provided by relatives, spouses or friends who have been evaluated and found to be suitable donors.

In the last 21 years, 45 percent of the transplants performed at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center have been living donor transplants.

“It is exciting to commemorate this milestone, and we are proud to carry on Austin's history of kidney transplantation dating back to the early 1970s, before we officially started this program,” Dr. Lewis said. “We are blessed to have the dedication and talent of Drs. Aravind Sankar, Byron Welch, Stephen Hardeman, Koushik Shaw, as well as many other physicians and the entire transplant team who make invaluable contributions to our patients and to the Kidney Transplant Center.”

To learn more about the living donor program at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, call 512-901-2884. Individuals interested in becoming an organ donor can sign up online at DonateLifeTexas.org.

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. The 378-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas. The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David’s Children’s Hospital. St. David’s Surgical Hospital, which opened in October 2016, is a campus of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. In 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.