LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Jewish Hospital is celebrating a milestone.

The hospital announced 106 patients received a life-saving kidney at the Trager Transplant Center in 2018, breaking a record previously set in 1993.

The center is a joint program with the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Jewish Hospital. 

In total, the Trager Transplant Center has now completed more than 3,000 kidney transplants in the past 53 years.

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"More than anything, we are honored to be the trusted medical center of choice for these kidney transplant patients and their families," said Chris Jones, MD. Jones is the Transplantation Program Director at Jewish Hospital and the chief in the division of Transplant Surgery at University of Louisville Physicians and the UofL School of Medicine.

Eighteen of the record-setting number of kidney transplants were attributed to living donors. Living donors can be a friend, relative, or anonymous donor.

Jewish Hospital performed its first living donor kidney transplant in 1964 and living donations offer several benefits including better outcomes for the recipient and decreased wait times for waiting patients. 

To learn more about the Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center and their kidney transplant programs, visit their website here. To learn more about living kidney donation, call 502-587-4939.

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