Mercy Health and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center announce the opening of a clinic for the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Transplant Center. It will be located on the campus of The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health at 4700 E. Galbraith Rd., Suite 104, Cincinnati, OH 45236.
The new clinic is the second transplant clinic to open as a result of the two hospital systems’ Healthy State Alliance, a strategic initiative formed with a vision to improve the health of the communities by tackling Ohio’s most critical health issues. In July, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center opened a clinic at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center to provide transplant care in Lima.
“We are excited to open up a new transplant clinic in Cincinnati to serve the southwest Ohio community,” said Dr. Hal Paz, executive vice president and chancellor for Health Affairs at The Ohio State University and CEO of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “The new clinic, along with the transplant clinic in Lima, reinforces Healthy State Alliance’s commitment to expand access to life-changing care throughout Ohio. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners at Mercy Health to deliver innovative solutions and services to transform the health of Ohio and continue advancing the ambitious goals we set as part of the Healthy State Alliance.”
The transplant clinic allows patients to get pre-transplant evaluation and education close to home in Cincinnati. Organ transplant surgery and specialized testing will continue at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.
Initially, the clinic will serve liver transplant patients and expand to heart and lung at a later date. The clinic is staffed by Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s transplant team, which is top ten in the United States for transplant volume and leverages the expertise of 53 years of transplant care and more than 10,500 solid organ transplants.
Transplant care is a serious health issue in Ohio. One Ohioan dies every other day waiting for an organ transplant, and more than 3,000 Ohioans are waiting for a life‐saving transplant at any given time. Awaiting or preparing for a transplant is stressful and transportation challenges can add to the anxiety.
“Mercy Health’s partnership with Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in the Healthy State Alliance continues to help patients access important health care services,” said Mercy Health – Cincinnati President Dave Fikse. “Mercy Health patients and providers will benefit from having the nationally recognized Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Transplant Center close to home.”