Hackensack University Medical Center Expands World-Class Organ Transplant Program to Physician Satellite Offices at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and JFK University Medical Center


Newswise – Hackensack, New Jersey, (July 19, 2022) The Organ Transplant Division at Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center, one of the few certified transplant centers in New Jersey, provides its world-class services at satellite sites in central and southern New Jersey. Consultations, tests and transplant follow-up care are now available at Jersey Shore University Medical Center to Neptune and JFK University Medical Center to Edison.

“We are proud of our rapidly growing living donation program and the innovative organ preservation techniques in Hackensack University Medical Center’s Organ Transplantation Division. These key areas allow patients to have the shortest kidney transplant wait times and best outcomes in the state of New Jersey. Now, with the opening of two satellite sites, this will allow us to achieve exceptional results and deliver world-class care to patients closer to where they live and work,” said Michael J. Goldstein, MD, FACSDirector of Organ Transplantation, Hackensack University Medical Center, Associate Professor of Surgery, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

Hackensack University Medical Center provides top-notch organ transplant care from a dedicated team of organ transplant experts, with shorter wait times and results that exceed national standards. At Hackensack University Medical Center, the transplant surgery team performs kidney and pancreas transplants using the latest donor matching protocols and advanced techniques that are only available at major transplant centers around the world.

“The transplant center at Hackensack University Medical Center is one of the fastest growing in the nation with some of the best kidney transplant outcomes,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and CEO of the hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center; President, Northern Region, Hackensack Meridian Health. “The skills and experience that Dr. Goldstein and his team bring to the transplant team at Hackensack University Medical Center will now be available in the central and southern regions of New Jersey to benefit patients across the state.

Board-certified transplant surgeons lead a multidisciplinary team of specialist physicians, specially trained transplant nurses and other healthcare professionals, who partner with the patient and family throughout the process transplant as close to home as possible. This includes initial evaluation and graft selection through surgery and follow-up care at their local location.

The transplant program includes:

  • Access to Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinators (CCTCs), who coordinate appointments, handle financial and insurance issues, and connect patients to resources.
  • Pioneering organ transplantation care delivered by leaders in the field who regularly publish research findings and innovations in papers and poster presentations, speak at national and international conferences, and participate on national committees.
  • Access to the latest kidney perfusion technologies, such as the LifePort Kidney Transporter – an ex vivo hypothermic machine preservation technology that increases the viability and lifespan of a kidney, improving patient outcomes. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only center in New Jersey that routinely performs kidney transplants with machine infusion technology.
  • A commitment to quality and safety, as evidenced by the Effective Reduction of Avoidable Readmissions (RARE) program which monitors post-transplant patients after discharge to identify those at increased risk of readmission. The RARE program contributed to a reduction in readmissions from 26% in 2017 to 13% in 2018.
  • Transplant access for new populations through collaboration with Hackensack University Medical Center’s Bloodless Medicine Program, which provides safe, transfusion-free kidney transplantation to patients whose personal preferences or religious beliefs prevent them from accepting blood or blood products.
  • Cutting-edge clinical trials and research designed to improve current and future transplant care for donors and recipients, including multicenter trials such as APOLLO to study the effects of the APO L1 gene in donors and transplant recipients African Americans.
  • Pediatric kidney transplant program providing care for infants as young as one year old and weighing up to eight kg.
  • A track record of successful transplantation in patients 70-80 years of age with end-stage renal disease who may not be eligible for transplantation at other transplant centers in the region.
  • Offers a pancreas transplant program – one of the few such programs in New Jersey that offers this procedure to patients with uncontrolled diabetes resulting in life-threatening complications. The transplant division also performs pancreas-kidney transplants as well as pancreas-only transplants.

To learn more about the organ transplant program at Hackensack University Medical Center and the new satellite centers at HOPE Tower and JFK University Medical Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, visit hackensackmeridianhealth.org/organtransplant.


Meridian Hackensack Health is a leading nonprofit health care organization that is New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive, and most truly integrated health care network, providing a full range of medical services, innovative research, and life-enhancing care.

Meridian Hackensack Health includes 17 county hospitals from Bergen to Oceans, which include four academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK University Medical Center in Edison, and Ocean University Medical Center in Brick; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; eight community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in The Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care centers statewide, including ambulatory care centers, surgical centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities. , ambulance services, life-saving air medical transport, a fitness and wellness center, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 36,000 team members and 7,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in healthcare philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable accolades include having more top-ranked hospitals than anyone else in New Jersey, as recognized by US News and World Report, 2021-22. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey to rank first among hospitals for adults and children.

Hackensack Meridian John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is one of the premier cancer centers in New Jersey. This leading cancer center is also the largest and most comprehensive center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screening and preventive care as well as the survival of patients with all types of cancer. The John Theurer Cancer Center is part of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.

Additionally, the network has partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to ensure patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, New Jersey’s first private medical school in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its Nutley and Clifton campuses. The Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), housed in a fully renovated, state-of-the-art facility, seeks to translate current scientific innovations to improve clinical outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases, and other life-threatening diseases and conditions. disabling.

Meridian Hackensack Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, a leading, interstate consortium of health systems focused on sharing best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.



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