St. Joseph Hospital in California Given Great Honor

June 18, 2009

The St. Joseph Hospital Kidney Transplant Center was recently named as an Anthem Blue Cross Center of Medical Excellence for Medical Transplantation. This honor is based on patient survival rates, patient education and safety initiatives, transplant programs' continuous quality improvement measures and four additional transplant program criteria.According to data published by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, patients transplanted in the Southern California donation service area had a higher chance of getting a transplant quickly at St. Joseph Hospital than at nearly all of the other transplant centers in the service area. In addition, these patients required the shortest hospitalization after transplant in the state.The St. Joseph Hospital Kidney Transplant Center has a history of tackling surgical and medical challenges, often accepting patients turned down by other centers. The transplant success and patient survival rates at St. Joseph Hospital, among the highest in the nation, are a testament to the expertise of our skilled surgeons and highly qualified staff.