UVA Honored for Participating in Kidney Transplant Chain

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The University of Virginia Health System is being recognized for helping people across the country get a life-saving organ.

UVA's Transplant Center has won the National Kidney Registry Excellence in Teamwork Award. The university was one of 25 centers that participated in a transplant chain that allowed 35 patients to receive a kidney.

All of the organs came from people states apart who needed living donors.

"With paired exchange we can match patients anywhere in the country so that, that recipient then does get a compatible kidney. It just comes from someone else, someone they do not know," said UVA Living Donor Coordinator Anita Sites.

Twenty-four other hospitals also won the award for being part of the chain. Continue reading