Texas Medical Center Institutions Collaborate to Improve Care for Hispanic Patients in Need of Organ Transplants



Texas Medical Center Institutions Collaborate to Improve Care For Hispanic Patients In Need of Organ Transplants

Houston, Texas (Sept. 21, 2016) – On Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, organ donation and transplantation professionals throughout the region will gather to discuss the challenges faced by Texas’ growing population of Hispanic patients with end-stage organ disease during the Inaugural Texas Medical Center (TMC) Hispanic Transplant Symposium.

LifeGift, Nora's Home and The Living Bank are hosting the TMC Hispanic Transplant Symposium in partnership with several TMC institutions, including Baylor College of Medicine, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, CHI St. Luke’s Health and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Their collective commitment to improve the lives of patients with end-stage organ disease has motivated them to present a program that will be of interest to transplant center staff, dialysis center staff, organ failure patients, transplant patients and members of the community

“Nearly half of the patients waiting for a lifesaving organ in Texas identify themselves as Hispanic,” says Dr. Mark Hobeika, transplant surgeon with  McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and Memorial Hermann-TMC, who is spearheading this event. “As members of the donation and transplantation community, we must learn how to best serve this large and growing part of our community in a culturally-competent manner.”

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Juan C. Caicedo, director of the Hispanic Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Caicedo’s program, the only of its kind in the United States, has been shown to improve access to care, patient education, and better outcomes for Hispanic patients in need of an organ transplant.  

The event is chaired by J. Michael Treviño, a Houston-area liver transplant recipient and local organ donation advocate.

“By collaborating with many of the well-known health care providers and hospitals, LifeGift, Nora’s Home and The Living Bank intend to make the Texas Medical Center the national leader in caring for Hispanic patients with end-stage organ disease, and by extension, all of our fellow Texans in need of organ transplants,” says Treviño.

There is no charge to attend the symposium, and continuing education hours will be awarded to physicians, nurses, social workers, dieticians and dialysis technicians.

The event will take place at the TMCx Innovation Institute, located at 2450 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77021.

For more information and to register for free, visit www.lifegift.org/hts.

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About Hispanic Transplant Symposium (HTS)

The Hispanic Transplant Symposium (HTS) is a landmark event convening transplant staff, community partners and those serving the Hispanic community to advance the care of Hispanic patients with end-stage organ disease.


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