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Celebrated in April each year, National Donate Life Month features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. On average, a single donor can save or heal the lives of up to 50 people and each year more than 28,000 patients begin new lives thanks to organ transplants. You can give the gift of a lifetime. To register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor visit www.donatelife.net.

Georgia Regents Transplant Program will hold a National Blue & Green Day celebration at the hospital flag pole on the corner of 15th Street and Harper Street on Tuesday, April 1st from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The celebration will include a “Donate Life” flag raising ceremony, proclamation signing by Mayor Copenhaver, cotton candy, Chick-fil-A sandwiches and more! The highlight of the celebration will be a dunk tank contest featuring Dr. Merchen, Transplant Surgeon, and Ryan Bowers from the Bachelorette. Join the Transplant team to celebrate National Donate Life Month and the giving the gift that can save a life. 

 

Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program in Augusta, GA

The Georgia Regents Medical Center Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program in Augusta, GA, recognizes that kidney and pancreas transplantation can be an unsettling experience for patients and their families in Georgia, South Carolina and throughout the Southeast. We believe that regardless of where patients are in the transplant process, they never need to face these concerns and this anxiety alone. 

Our dedicated kidney and pancreas transplant team recognizes the special needs of kidney transplant patients and pancreas transplant patients, and understands that living with a transplant may affect patients’ lifestyles in many ways. We endeavor to help patients resume many of their former activities and we encourage patients to maximize their quality of life.

Georgia Regents Medical Center Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program:

  • Performed its first transplant on August 28, 1968 and has since performed over 2100 kidney and kidney/pancreas transplants
  • Is the only kidney transplant center in Georgia outside of Atlanta
  • Offers satellite clinic locations for pre-transplant evaluation testing as well as follow-up post-transplant care
  • Employs a full-time fundraising coordinator to assist patients in developing financial plans for post-transplant medication costs
  • Participates in consistent patient outreach efforts in Georgia and South Carolina
  • Is a leader in patient family centered care principles

Recognized for Kidney Transplantation Excellence

Georgia Regents Medical Center is one of only ten kidney transplant programs to be recognized by HealthGrades in 2010 and receive the Kidney Transplant Excellence Award, and one of 20 nationwide to receive a 2011 HealthGrades Transplant Excellence Award.

For more information about Kidney and Pancreas Transplant services at Georgia Regents Medical Center, call 706-721-2888 or 1-800-736-2273, ext 2888 or e-mail kidney_transplant@gru.edu.