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St. Luke’s and Temple partner with transplant services

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St. Luke's Fountain Hill (File photo)
St. Luke's Fountain Hill (File photo)

St. Luke’s University Health Network announced a partnership with Temple University Hospital that will make transplant services more convenient for Lehigh Valley patients and provide access to one of the foremost transplant hospitals in the country.

Under the agreement announced this week, local patients will be able to get pre- and post-transplant care at St. Luke’s campuses so they don’t have to travel to Philadelphia, except for the transplant surgery.

The partnership covers heart, bone marrow, liver and kidney transplants at Temple.

St. Luke’s already has a partnership with the Temple University’s medical school, with a regional campus called Temple/St. Luke’s School of Medicine, which accepted its inaugural class in August 2011.

The new partnership will enable St. Luke’s physicians to join in organ transplant surgeries at Temple and participate in clinical training. Doctors from both health systems will see patients at St. Luke’s.

“Our collaboration with Temple will enable us to provide our patients with access to innovative transplant treatments that are not found at most hospitals,” Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, senior vice president of medical and academic affairs at SLUHN, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Temple.”

Dr. Verdi J. DiSesa, president and CEO of Temple University Hospital, said the partnership will provide continuity of care for transplant patients “and afford them access to more services in a convenient location.”

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