11 Things You Didn’t Know About the U.S.’s Largest Non-Academic Kidney Transplant Center
1. The kidney transplant team at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) transplanted its first kidney in 1969.
2. In March, the program will celebrate its 50th anniversary and move to its new home at the brand new CPMC Van Ness Campus.
3. More than 6,000 people have received life-extending kidney transplants at CPMC. That’s enough to fill 15 jumbo jets!
4. Not for profit Sutter Health’s CPMC is the largest non-academic medical center transplant program in the country. Over 200 kidney transplants are performed at CPMC annually, making it one of the largest kidney transplant centers in the western United States.
5. CPMC is a pioneer in kidney paired donation. In 2011, the program made history as the first California transplant program to perform five paired donor transplants in one day. A paired donor transplant is when someone donates their kidney on behalf of a loved one so the loved one can receive a compatible kidney from someone else.
6. A software developer/kidney transplant patient collaborated with his CPMC surgeon to create a groundbreaking software program, called MatchGrid, which allows people who are willing to donate their kidney to a friend or relative but are found incompatible to be paired with a matching patient.
7. Using the MatchGrid software, CPMC was the first California hospital to perform a six-way kidney paired exchange wherein over two days in 2015, six recipients received kidneys from six donors in 12 surgeries. (See graphic below.) This six-way kidney paired exchange was triggered by an altruistic donor who gave one of her kidneys to a stranger.
8. More than 100 people –many of whom were among the most difficult to match—have received kidneys at CPMC through pairings made with MatchGrid software.
9. The MatchGrid software program is now used at kidney transplant centers across the U.S. and internationally.
10. To date, 17 altruistic donors have donated their kidneys through CPMC’s Kidney Paired Donation program and extended the lives of 72 people. By donating a kidney, altruistic donation can move many people waiting for a kidney off the wait list and allow others to move to the front of the line.
11. To minimize travel time and stress for patients, CPMC kidney transplant specialists regularly travel to 15 Sutter Health care centers throughout Northern California and to Reno, Nevada to provide pre- and post-transplant care.