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Organ Transplants - Ratings

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Blue Distinction Centers: Cardiac, Cancer, Hip, Knee, Spine, Bariatric Surgery, Organ Transplants  Editor's Pick

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have designated national Blue Distinction Centers meeting their standards and extensive selection criteria for bariatric surgery, cardiac (heart) care, organ transplants (e.g. bone marrow/stem cell, heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas transplants), total knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and hospitals for 13 Complex and Rare Cancers (e.g. pancreatic, liver, bladder, brain, bone, esophageal, leukemia, rectal, thyroid cancer). Detailed criteria include outcome, volume and mortality/ survival requirements and measures. Lists organized by state; updated 2011

HealthGrades Organ Transplant Excellence Awards (TM)

HealthGrades gave 2011 excellence awards to hospitals in 14 states (CA, CT, FL, GA, IN, LA, MA, MN, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TX, WA) for Kidney Transplants (11 hospitals in US), Liver (4), Heart (2) and Lung Transplants (3 hospitals). Programs in 200+ hospitals were evaluated for survival outcomes (transplants in 2004 to 2009) and waitlist mortality in 2009. Published November 2010

Organ Transplant Awards (HHS / HRSA)

Winners of the Transplant Program Awards are based on one-year survival rates after organ transplant, for liver, kidney, heart, pancreas and lung. Mayo Clinic Florida tops the list for Liver. See also the list of hospitals receiving the 2010 HHS Medal of Honor, in recognition of reaching a donation rate of 75% or more of eligible donors at their facilities. Nov. 3, 2010

Organ Transplants - Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Transplant survival rates on a regional basis (1-year, 3-year, 5-year) compared to national; transplant center volumes; kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, intestine. Click Regional Data on the left. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Updated 2010

Transplant WaitList and Survival Rates (SRTR)  Editor's Pick

Waiting list times, numbers of people waiting for a transplant: Kidney, pancreas, liver, intestine, heart, lung transplants. Survival statistics by type of transplant, and three-year survival rates by hospital Transplant Center are provided by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, which is affiliated with The University of Michigan and funded by HRSA. ustransplant.org Updated 2010

Other Helpful Listings

20% of U.S. Transplant Centers Are Found to Be Substandard - Los Angeles Times

Specific transplant centers and survival rate statistics (using 2002-2004 data) are shown on page 4 of the investigative news article by Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein. Published June 29, 2006

Organ Donation (MedlinePlus)

General information about organ transplants and organ procurement, including cornea transplants and living donation; kidney transplant video; how to become a donor

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