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Methodist lung transplant program receives national honor

Houston, TX - 9/29/2010

The lung transplant program at The Methodist Transplant Center is the only program in the Houston area to earn a Bronze award from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The lung transplant program is the largest in the United States.

The award measures performance based on post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates and mortality rates after patients have been placed on the waiting list. Only 22 percent of transplant programs in the United States are given this award.

"This honor is proof that our level of successful lung transplantation is very high," said Dr. Harish Seethamraju, director of the lung transplant program. "Our numbers show when you come here you are assured a short waitlist stay, a high quality transplant and your chances of survival at our institution are excellent. We are very proud."

The Methodist lung transplant program is consistently among the top five programs in the country, nearly tripling the number of lung transplants performed in the past five years. Its team has also played an integral part in developing the multi-organ transplant program at Methodist.

"It takes an entire team dedicated to patient care to make this happen every day and we have that here at Methodist," Seethamraju said.

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