Temple University Hospital (TUH) and St. Luke’s University Health Network Tuesday formally announced a strategic partnership for four transplant services that will streamline coordination of care and minimize the amount of travel required by patients in the vicinity of St. Luke’s.
The partnership covers heart, bone marrow, liver and kidney transplants and will allow patients to attend pre- and post-transplant appointments with an appropriate Temple or St. Luke’s physician, as well as related diagnostic tests, at a convenient location on-site at St. Luke’s.
Patients will receive pre-transplant screening and care at St. Luke’s under the direction of both St. Luke’s and Temple physicians. If approved for transplant, patients can be referred to TUH for required pre-transplant testing as well as their transplant surgery. Once discharged from TUH, patients will receive post-transplant care back at St. Luke’s.
As part of the partnership, Temple transplant physicians will see patients at St. Luke’s, and St. Luke’s physicians will be on-site to see patients, maintain their skills and participate in clinical training at TUH.
“We are proud to announce this partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network, which brings the skills and expertise of Temple’s transplant team to patients in the Lehigh Valley,” said Verdi J. DiSesa, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Temple University Hospital, Senior Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) and Chief Operating Officer of Temple University Health System. “This will provide a continuity of care for patients from pre-transplant evaluation through post-transplant follow up visits, and afford them access to more services in a convenient location.”
“Our collaboration with Temple will enable us to provide our patients with access to innovative transplant treatments that are not found at most hospitals. We look forward to working with Temple,” said Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, Senior Vice President of Medical and Academic Affairs for St. Luke’s University Health Network.
Note: This story was contributed by St. Luke’s University Health Network. Its publication is part of a news partnership between Saucon Source and SLUHN.