AUSTIN, Texas—Today, the Kidney Transplant Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center announced it is the first in Texas to join the Donor Care Network Centers of Excellence, an elite group of high-performance transplant centers across the country. The Donor Care Network, a subsidiary of the National Kidney Registry, is committed to ensuring all kidney donors are treated with courtesy and respect, and provides extensive guidelines to make donation safer, easier and more convenient.

“We are proud to join this elite group of living donor programs and help make kidney donation more accessible for Central Texans,” Jacqueline Lappin, M.D., surgical director of the Kidney Transplant Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, said. “As a National Kidney Registry member center, we are able to expand the pool of kidney transplants from living donors, thus improving donor-recipient matches for longer lasting transplants.”

The National Kidney Registry helps people facing kidney failure by facilitating paired kidney exchange and making living kidney donation safer and easier. Paired kidney exchange allows donors who are not compatible with their recipient to exchange their kidney with a donor who is compatible anywhere in the United States.

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center ranks among the top 25 National Kidney Registry member centers across the United States due to high transplant volume.

With a collaborative team of physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians and transplant specialists, the center provides comprehensive care and support to transplant recipients, donors and their families.