MURRAY, UT - Intermountain Medical Center in Murray and Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George are teaming up to bring new options to kidney failure patients in southern Utah and Nevada. A new kidney transplant satellite clinic, operated by Dixie Regional Medical Center and supported by the Intermountain Medical Center Transplant Prrogram, will open at Dixie Regional Medical Center on Thursday, April 26.
The new clinic is the first of its kind in Utah and the Intermountain Medical Center Transplant Services team hopes it will ease some of the stress and anxiety of advanced kidney failure by eliminating the additional hardship of traveling to Salt Lake for evaluations.
“We’re seeing an increase in the number of patient referrals from southern Utah,” says James Stinson, MD, Medical Director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. “It’s the right time to reach out to those patients to minimize their travel. Many are already on regular dialysis for their conditions and it will be a lot easier on patients and their families to be seen closer to home.”
The clinic will see new patients who have been referred by a nephrologist as possible candidates for a kidney or a kidney/pancreas transplant; patients currently on the kidney transplant waiting list and who need to be seen once a year; and people who are healthy and considering becoming a living donor. All transplants will still take place at Intermountain Medical Center.
Initially, the clinic will be open four times a year but Dr. Stinson believes it won’t take long before the program expands its hours. “It’s a community that’s rapidly growing and we hope to be able to see patients from as far away as northeastern Nevada as well,” says Stinson. “It’s likely that in six to 12 months we’ll be going down monthly to see patients.”
Staff for the kidney transplant clinic will fly from Salt Lake to St. George. The team will include a transplant surgeon, a transplant physician, a transplant coordinator, a dietician, and a licensed clinical social worker from Intermountain Medical Center’s Transplant Services team.
“Dixie Regional Medical Center has been outstanding to work with,” says Dr. Stinson. “We’ve had a tremendous amount of support from their administrative team to get us going. We’re all very excited to be partnering to bring more services to patients and families in the southern part of the state.”