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The Kidney Transplant Center
at Gulf Coast Medical Center serves ESRD (end-stage renal disease) patients desiring kidney transplantation as a treatment option. We have performed over 450 transplants since the inception of the program in 1990.  Since 2002 we have had the shortest wait time for a deceased donor kidney transplant in the United States.  We have a very high inpatient nurse-to-patient ratio and our physician and clinical transplant coordinator staff have decades of experience treating kidney transplant patients.  Our patients are referred on the West Coast of Florida from Bradenton to the Keys, and East through the center of the state to Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches.  We will consider referrals for patients who are currently on other waiting lists in the United States, Canada, and other foreign countries.

Our one year and five year graft survival rates are 100% and 84%, respectively; compared to 89% and 75%, nationally. Our one-year and five-year patient survival rates are 100% and 85%, respectively. Nationally, these percentages are 96% and 85%, respectively. Interestingly, though our success rates easily match the national averages our center transplants a much higher percentage of the older ESRD population than other centers across the country i.e. 31% of our transplanted patients are 61 or older and nearly 8% are 71 or older. Nationally, the percentage of kidney transplant patients 61 and older is less than 8%.

Our Dialysis Unit provides conventional hemodialysis treatment for inpatients in acute and chronic renal failure.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be considered as a candidate for transplantation?

Patients interested in transplantation as a treatment option may ask their nephrologist to refer them to the Transplant Center for evaluation. Once the referral is received, the Transplant Center staff will request medical records before an appointment is scheduled. When an appointment is set, the patient will be sent an educational packet and will be called by a coordinator to answer any initial questions.

How do you decide if I'm a candidate?  

An educational session will be the initial appointment, patients and their families will be shown videos and have an opportunity to ask questions about all phases of transplantation. Following this, an appointment will be scheduled with the transplant nephrologist who will examine the patient and review their medical history. After the nephrologist reviews the patient's physical exam and medical records an individual evaluation plan to suit each patient's medical status will be "tailor-made". Several consultations and diagnostic tests are a part of every evaluation. These include but are not limited to: evaluation by the transplant surgeon and urologist; psychosocial evaluation, laboratory tests, chest x-ray, EKG, dental screening and cardiac testing for diabetics and patients over age 40.

How long do patients wait for a transplant?

Patients who complete the evaluation process and choose to pursue transplantation as a treatment option can be transplanted most quickly if they have a suitable live donor. These donors may be relatives or close friends and statistics show that transplants from these living donors perform better than those from cadaveric donors. For those who absolutely do not have a potential live donor the patients are placed on the national computer waiting list. When a suitable kidney becomes available, the transplant is performed at Gulf Coast Medical Center. The transplant team will also follow patients through the transplant hospitalization and provide intensive outpatient follow-up after the transplant. All through the process, patient and their families are able to reach the transplant team 24 hours a day for answers to any questions or concerns.

For further information please call
239-939-8442 or 1-800-874-7142

United Network for Organ Sharing

Every US transplant program is a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a private, non-profit organization based in Richmond, VA. UNOS maintains the national patient waiting list for all solid organ transplants, then matches donated organs with patients, collects & analyzes scientific data nationwide. Educate yourself about the transplant process by visiting the UNOS website.

Donate Life!
Did you know there are approximately 63 transplant recipients every day? However, another 16 die due to the lack of available organs. By signing a donor card or driver's license, you can say "yes" to organ and tissue donation and save a life. Discover more and print out your donor card!




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