UCSD Creates Joint Liver Transplant Program

The Guardian

A new liver transplantation partnership, created by UCSD Health and Sharp HealthCare, went into effect on Jan. 7. The program combines a university-affiliated health system with what Sharp calls “not-for-profit” health care, aiming to improve care and expand resources for liver care patients in San Diego.

Under the new program, patients undergo surgery at UCSD Health and receive their additional care at Sharp. Jackie Carr, the Assistant Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations at UCSD Health, told the UCSD Guardian that the partnership maximizes the clinical experience at a more cost-effective level than in previous years.

“The benefit of this joint partnership is that the two hospitals are cooperating to offer advanced liver transplantation care,” Carr said. “Instead of Sharp starting its own liver transplant program, and duplicating services, it will refer patients to UCSD for surgery, the region’s only academic health system. Costs are kept down while patients receive lifesaving care from an experienced surgery and critical care team.” Continue reading