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Methodist Dallas Transplant Unit:
A Campaign Focused on Gratitude

Paying it forward is the epitome of gratitude, and it exemplifies how many transplant recipients feel about their experiences. The transplant program at Methodist Dallas Medical Center has a legacy of success and innovation — and its future is even more exciting. Thanks in part to many generous donors, some who are also patients, Methodist Dallas opened a new unit in November 2020 dedicated to transplant and advanced surgery patients.

A history of firsts
Over the 40 years since the transplant program began, physicians have performed 2,840 transplants — including many firsts. On June 14, 1981, Richard Dickerman, MD, FACS; Warren Greene, MD; and James Coggins, MD, performed the hospital’s first kidney transplant. In 1992, physicians performed the world’s first heart-kidney-pancreas transplant. The first liver-kidney transplant was performed in 2003, followed by the first robotic auto kidney transplant performed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2018. In addition, survival rates for transplant patients continue to surpass local and national averages.

A growing need
As Methodist Dallas’ reputation for transplantation grew, so did the number of patients seeking transplant care. The previous transplant unit covered 26,822 square feet and was strictly a medical-surgical unit, so patients were often transported to different parts of the hospital during their stay. The new unit is 29,231 square feet with 36 patient rooms and is built out as a progressive care unit, allowing transplant patients to receive the majority of their expert care in one location.

Advancing care and collaboration
Patient rooms are larger, and new amenities have been added for families and staff, including consultation rooms, collaboration rooms for multidisciplinary teams, and a nurses’ Serenity Room with coffee and aromatherapy. Transplant patients have unique and complex medical needs, so physicians say that the new unit provides a much-improved continuity of care for everyone involved.

“This brand-new facility will build collaboration by bringing multiple specialists together and improve patient care by providing more advanced services from a single location,” says Alejandro Mejia, MD, FACS, executive program director organ transplantation, The Liver Institute, Methodist Dallas. “Our transplant program relies on the generosity of organ donors — and similarly, Methodist Health System Foundation depends on financial donors to make projects like this a reality.”

Two patients are paying it forward by sharing their stories and their generosity in the name of enhanced specialty care.

Kirk Woodall
Methodist Foundation donor and liver transplant recipient

“Feeling gratitude and not sharing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it,” Kirk Woodall says. “When the opportunity arose for [my wife and I] to donate funds supporting the new transplant floor, it felt like the right thing to do. We wanted to express our appreciation for Methodist and make a difference by giving more patients the opportunity to receive transplants.”

Carolyn Ray
Methodist Foundation donor and liver transplant recipient

“Methodist patients meet with a team of specialists dedicated to their care — including a cardiologist, nephrologist, gastroenterologist, liver specialist, psychologist, surgeon, and nurse coordinator. Everyone was so encouraging and kind, from the doctors and nurses to the cleaning staff,” Carolyn Ray says. “I have so much to be grateful for, and I am aware every day that I have a gift from an unselfish family. Donating to Methodist Foundation is one way to show my appreciation.”

Please consider supporting the life-changing work and care these patients will receive.


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