Expanding Access to Life-Saving Transplant Care

Healthy State Alliance’s vision to improve transplant care includes increasing access to transplant services and increasing care coordination pre- and post-transplant procedures.

The vision has been brought to life with the opening of clinics for the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Transplant Center at Mercy Health facilities throughout Ohio including:

Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio, provides pre-transplant evaluation and education for kidney, liver, heart and lung transplantation

The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Ohio, provides pre-transplant evaluation and education for liver transplantation (expanding care for heart and lung transplants at a later date)

The clinics allow patients to get pre-transplant evaluation and education close to home. Organ transplant surgery and specialized testing will continue at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

The clinics are staffed by The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s transplant team, leveraging 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.

The clinics provide enhanced access to one of the nation’s premier transplant centers. They deliver on Healthy State Alliance’s commitment to increasing coordination and enhancing access and serve as a benchmark for future opportunities to expand The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s transplant program to Mercy Health patients; making it easier for communities to receive state-of-the-art care, close to home.

Learn more about Healthy State Alliance’s transplant care and the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Transplant Center.