WICHITA, Kansas – A Missouri hospital will open a clinic in Wichita next month to serve kidney patients who need transplants.
Saint Luke’s Hospital, of Kansas City, announced plans Tuesday to open the clinic near Wichita’s Via Christi Hospital.
The clinic will be located at 1035 N. Emporia, Suite 185.
Doctors at the clinic will evaluate potential transplant recipients. They will also provide pre- and post-surgery care for patients who receive new kidneys at Saint Luke’s in Kansas City.
“Saint Luke’s has a long-standing commitment to partnering with communities and local physicians to provide expert care close to home whenever possible,” said Julie Quirin, CEO of Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. “With the opening of Saint Luke’s Kidney Transplant Satellite Clinic in Wichita, our hope is to make it easier for patients in the Wichita region who are in need of a kidney transplant to receive excellent care close to home, and ultimately, to receive exceptional care during their transplant surgery at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.”
Patients evaluated at the Satellite Clinic will be placed on Saint Luke’s Hospital’s kidney transplant waiting list.
Saint Luke’s Kidney Transplant Program offered average wait times of 14.8 months in 2013, significantly less than the national average of 70 months as reported by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.