Multi Listed Kidney Transplant Candidates Accepted at Tampa General Hospital
Individuals in need of a kidney transplant can be multi listed, or added to the waiting list at more than one transplant center, to be considered for a wider range of available donor organs. When a kidney first becomes available, it is initially offered to the candidates at the nearest transplant centers. By registering as a candidate at more than one center, patients may have a shorter wait to find a matching organ.
Tampa General Hospital, which is one of the busiest kidney transplant centers in the nation yet has a median time to transplant (24.6 months, according to the July 2015 report from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients) well below the national average (greater than 72 months), accepts multiple listed candidates from cities across the nation. In general, transplant candidates who want to be on multiple waiting lists are required to apply to each transplant program separately. It’s important to remember that:
Transplant programs typically have different requirements for their candidates. For instance, experienced centers may be able to accept high-risk transplant candidates, while others might turn them away. Thanks to a wealth of experience and an interdisciplinary approach to transplant care, TGH is able to accept patients who may have been turned down by other centers.
Most transplant programs within a specific geographical area are served by the same organ procurement organization (OPO). A patient can register at transplant centers in different geographical areas to increase the chances of receiving a kidney. TGH is one of only two transplant centers that partner with LifeLink Foundation, Inc., one of the most robust and successful OPOs in Florida.
Once a donor organ match is found, a patient will have a small window of time in which to report to his or her transplant center, so last-minute travel arrangements will need to be made. Additionally, after the transplant, the patient will need to remain in the area for several months to recuperate and return to the transplant center on a pre-determined schedule for regular follow-up visits. A list of nearby lodging accommodations is available here. Tampa General provides two Transplant Houses which may be an option for patients travelling from out of the area.
Kidney transplant candidates can learn more about the benefits of being multi listed at Tampa General Hospital by contacting the transplant coordinator toll free at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or calling the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686. Our kidney transplant program referral form can be found here; this form must be submitted by a physician before a patient is evaluated for listing.