Research Medical Center is pleased to announce a new kidney transplant clinic on the Wesley Medical Center campus in Wichita, Ks., to fulfill a need for patient access to kidney transplant services for a large region surrounding Wichita.
The new Wichita Transplant Institute will offer referring physicians and their patients access to high-quality, specialized kidney transplant services closer to home. Patients who need to be evaluated by a transplant surgeon and transplant nephrologist for the consideration of a kidney transplant will be seen by well-known Research Medical Center physicians at the clinic, which will also provide pre- and post-transplant care. Surgical kidney transplant procedures will be performed at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.
“Research Medical Center has a long-standing partnership with the communities we serve. We are thrilled to add the Wichita region, and even areas in Oklahoma to the regions we serve. It’s important to offer professional medical care as close as possible to a patient’s referring physician and home,” said Jackie DeSouza, President and Chief Executive Officer, Research Medical Center.
“The physicians and staff at Research Medical Center have a sterling reputation, and we know we’re putting patients in excellent hands when we partner with them,” says Hugh Tappan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wesley Medical Center. “We are excited about the opportunity to provide this service to our patients and help limit the number of times they have to travel out of the area for care,”
The new clinic is located at 551 North Hillside, Suite 520 in Wichita and is scheduling patients now for December when the clinic will open. Marilee Clites, Research Medical Center transplant director will oversee operations, with support staff coordinating each patient’s care through the clinical, compliance, financial and emotional aspects of kidney transplantation.
Research Medical Center’s Transplant Institute in Kansas City has a very active and growing Living Donor Program and Kidney Paired Exchange Program which will also be extended to the new Wichita location to increase the availability of services for living donors who choose to make a life-saving kidney donation.
Board-certified transplant surgeon Daniel Murillo, M.D., medical director of Research Medical Center’s Transplant Institute since 2003 and double board-certified transplant nephrologist Pranav Dalal, M.D., will provide medical services at the clinic. Both Dr. Murillo and Dr. Dalal have earned a reputation for being premier physicians in the field of kidney transplantation, having performed more than 1,000 transplants at Research Medical Center’s Transplant Institute.
“Research Medical Center is known for quality care and excellent outcomes,” says Dr. Murillo. “I’m pleased be a part of this expansion of our kidney transplant services for referring physicians and patients throughout Kansas and Oklahoma.”
Research Medical Center’s kidney transplant patient survival rates exceed the national average. The new Wichita Transplant Institute accepts most health plans and Medicare.
Research Medical Center also offers an apartment at a reasonable cost on the hospital campus for family members of transplant patients.
To schedule an appointment at the clinic, patients or physicians can call (316) 962-6350.