Giving Bolsters Transplant Success

Giving Bolsters Transplant Success

Thirty-five years ago, one of Elaine and Jerry Schuster’s young sons donated a kidney to his brother, during successful transplant surgery here at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Since then, the Schusters have been dedicated to the advancement of transplantation medicine and surgery, culminating in the creation of the multidisciplinary, patient- and family-focused Schuster Transplant Center at BWH. (Pictured above at the opening of the center are the Schusters, left, with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.)

The Schuster Transplant Center provides high-quality care to kidney, pancreas, and lung transplant patients. Evaluation for transplant typically involves several visits with providers and a significant amount of testing, all of which can be time-consuming and burdensome for patients. To complete their work-ups, patients are often asked to make several trips to the hospital, sometimes to multiple locations.

In contrast, the Schuster Transplant Center offers a single outpatient location with coordinated and intensive clinical support that focuses on the whole transplant experience. For instance, the center provides—all in a single setting—a comprehensive pre-transplant testing and evaluation clinic. In addition, patients can also obtain long-term post-transplant care with a focus on managing complex immunosuppressive drug regimens. The concept is that of “one stop shopping,” a clinical space completely focused on the needs of the patient for the entire lifetime.

“Our vision is to promote integrated, patient-focused treatment, support, and education, giving patients and their families a home base for care that is completely dedicated to their needs,” the Schusters said.