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Jewish Hospital Celebrates 55 Years of Saving and Improving Lives Through Organ Transplantation


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David McArthur, Senior Manager, Media Relations

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WHAT:           55th Anniversary of UofL Health - Jewish Hospital Transplant Care


 WHEN:          April 16, 2019

                        1:30 p.m.


WHERE:        UofL Health - Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center

                        16th Floor Conference Center, Press “CC” in Elevator

                        201 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, KY


 WHO:             Ronald Waldridge, II, MD, President, UofL Health - Jewish Hospital


Christopher Jones, MD, UofL Health - Jewish Hospital Transplantation Program Director; Transplant Surgery Division Chief at University of Louisville Physicians – Transplantation Surgery and UofL School of Medicine


Shelley Snyder, Executive Director, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life;

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates


Jennifer Albright, Mother of the late Davey Albright (Organ Donor)


Melanie Hughes, Transplant Recipient


Lori Caloia, MD, Medical Director for Dept. for Public Health and Wellness, Louisville



UofL Health - Jewish Hospital, in collaboration with University of Louisville, will mark 55 years of saving and improving lives through organ transplantation with a reception. More than 100 recipients, their families and donor families, are expected to be in attendance, including the family of Davey Albright, the Trinity High School student who tragically lost his life last fall, and Melanie Hughes, who received one of his organs.  


The first transplant at UofL Health - Jewish Hospital—a kidney transplant—was performed on Sept. 3rd in 1964. Since then, UofL Health - Jewish Hospital’s transplant program has performed more than 5,200 transplantations. UofL Health - Jewish Hospital is also home to many “firsts”: the first adult heart, pancreas, adult liver, double lung, and dual heart/lung transplants in the state of Kentucky all occurred at the trailblazing facility. The facility is among a very small percentage of hospitals across the country approved to perform all five solid organ transplants: heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas.



B-roll of speakers and physicians, as well other organ donors and recipients in attendance. More than 100 recipients, their families and donor families are expected.