Will Jewish Hospital's organ-transplant program survive KentuckyOne Health's sell-off?

COURIER- JOURNAL | Grace Schneider
Susie Bowling helped extend her dad's life for several years with a kidney transplant. Marty Pearl/Special to CJ
It’s largely viewed as quaint history in the Louisville medical community. But 33 years ago this month, Louisville emerged in the national spotlight in heart care when thoracic surgeon Laman Gray Jr. and a team of doctors performed the state's first heart transplant at Jewish Hospital.

Who could forget the photos of doctors and nurses in scrubs hunched over an operating table in a battle against time and a failing heart?

The downtown hospital became the first in Kentucky to gain federal approval as a heart, lung, liver and kidney transplant center.

And 5,000 transplants later, Jewish is still the only game in town for organ transplants, with the exception of a far smaller pediatric program at Norton Children’s Hospital. Nearly every patient who has received a new heart, liver, or kidney in Louisville during the last three decades has found himself or herself in the operating suites at Jewish. Continue reading

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