In the Sutter Health network, our success is determined by your outcome. We are particularly proud of our patient outcomes in some of our sickest populations—those requiring an organ or stem cell transplant. Our dedicated transplant teams guide you and your family through every step of the process, from preparation to recovery.
The Sutter Health network offers heart transplant at two comprehensive transplant centers, Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, that have performed these surgeries with success for the nearly 40 years.
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, received a #1 rating in California from CareChex Hospital Quality Ratings in 2015. California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco is certified by both the UNOS Heart Transplant program and the Joint Commission Ventricular Assist Device program.
Transplant nephrologists perform about 200 kidney transplants each year, named by Healthgrades as one of 19 top transplant centers nationwide. Pioneers in kidney paired donation, kidney transplant surgeons performed the first six-way kidney paired exchange among six donors and six recipients in California.
CPMC was recognized in 2014 as the only U.S. hospital with kidney and liver transplant programs with higher-than-expected one- and three-year adult patient survival rates, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
The liver transplant team at CPMC has performed more than 1,600 transplants since the program began in 1988. In 2014, we were identified as the only liver and kidney transplant program in the nation to exceed better-than-expected patient outcomes by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
A hub for regional and national research into liver disease, therapies and devices, our team received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Transplant Program Award at the Silver level in 2012 — one of just five programs out of 137 to be so awarded at such a prestigious level.
At cancer centers in the Sutter Health network, doctors treat different forms of cancer (primarily leukemia, myeloma and lymphoma), as well as autoimmune and congenital blood disorders with stem cell transplants, which are sometimes called bone marrow transplants. A stem cell transplant often follows high-dose chemotherapy to restore normal blood cell production.
Stem cell transplant is a serious undertaking, requiring a hospital stay of three to four weeks in an isolation ward to prevent infection. Your overall health, age and underlying medical condition are the key determinants of your outcome.
From the moment you enter our program, you'll receive comprehensive services that begin with evaluation and diagnostic testing and include life-sustaining treatments, therapies or monitoring services while you await surgery. We offer education and support services for you and your family members and 24-hour post-surgical care.