September 16, 2013
Richmond, Va. (Sept. 16, 2013) — HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital recently organized a workshop for transplant centers in the LifeNet Service area to facilitate the Living Donor Kidney Paired Exchange Program through the National Kidney Registry. Henrico Doctors’ has chosen to participate in the National Kidney Registry because it has facilitated more exchange transplants than all other U.S. based exchange programs combined.
A kidney paired exchange consists of two or more donor/recipient pairs who are not compatible with each other. The program makes it possible for all incompatible donors and recipients to be listed in one common pool and helps to eliminate incompatibility as a barrier to donation. This provides a way for recipients and their incompatible donor to be paired with another incompatible recipient and donor.
The computer algorithm used for the matching process has been verified by Alvin E. Roth of Harvard University who won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work to improve the allocation of fixed resources.
“This allows any willing, medically suitable donor to be a compatible donor,” said Lisa Matthias, R.N., director kidney transplant services.
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital joined National Kidney Registry in 2008 and was the first transplant center in Virginia to participate in the program. Today Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia and Sentara Norfolk General also are members of a total of 71 centers participating in the United States. This effort is supported by LifeNet Health as the OPO for all of these transplant centers.
For more information, visit The National Kidney Registry www.kidneyregistry.org.