Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, said today that it will close its kidney transplant service next month to focus more on its advanced cardiovascular services, which include the Sacramento region's only heart transplant center.
Sutter officials said 11 jobs at the kidney transplant center are affected, and Sutter will attempt to place those persons in jobs related to its heart transplant services.
The Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute operates within Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.
Sutter characterized its kidney transplant services as relatively small at 30 transplants a year. It noted that other centers - including Sutter Health's California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and programs at Stanford and the University of California, San Francisco - perform hundreds of kidney transplants each year.
"To remain strong and healthy and to meet our patients' needs, we must adjust our mix of services accordingly," said Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, CEO Carrie Owen Plietz. "We are always hesitant to close a program, but in this case there are four excellent programs in Northern California that can care for these patients. Our decision was made easier, knowing that our patients have outstanding options for their care."
The last day patients can receive a kidney transplant at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, is Nov. 9. Currently, 332 patients are on Sutter Medical Center's kidney transplant list, and Sutter said all patients were sent letters this week to inform them of the closure and provide them with details on how to be listed at other regional kidney transplant centers.
Sutter said center staff members are working with listed patients to make sure their care is successfully transferred to another kidney transplant center.
Sutter patients with questions are being asked to call (916) 733-8133.
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