D.C. hospital's new kidney program underscores CEO's strategy 'to do things no one else does'

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When people think of George Washington University Hospitals, officials want them to think kidneys. More specifically, they want patients to think of the hospital as the place to go to fix the most complex of medical conditions.

As part of that strategy, the hospital is establishing its new Ron and Joy Paul Kidney Transplant Center with the help of a $2.5 million donation from EagleBank's CEO and his wife. They will formally dedicate the center next week.

Under CEO Barry Wolfman, the hospital has made a series of announcements raising its profile, including the creating a new cancer center to speed research and clinical therapies available. Last year, the hospital regained its verification as a Level 1 trauma center and unveiled plans to revive its dormant organ transplant program after an administrative law judge granted the hospital permission to begin kidney and pancreas transplants. The hospital completed its first kidney transplant since restarting the program in January. Continue reading