Today, Lee Health system announced that Tampa General Hospital's kidney program will come to Lee County.
This change will offer patients immediate access to a variety of transplant services. This includes live donor transplants, paired donor transplants, deceased kidney transplants and simultaneous multi-organ transplants.
Patients who are on the Lee Health transplant waitlist can transfer their wait time to Tampa General Hospital without any loss of accrued waiting time.
When a kidney becomes available, patients will travel to Tampa or a transplant center of their choice for their surgery. After a post-surgery recuperation period, they can return to their local nephrologist.
On Dec. 3, the Tampa General Hospital Advanced Organ Disease and Transplantation Institute at Lee Health will open in the clinic space at Gulf Coast Medical Center.
Lee Health’s program will permanently discontinue services on Dec. 2.