The Nevada Donor Network Foundation (NDNF) has established a capital campaign called “End the Wait” to raise $35 million to develop a transplant institute in Nevada. This funding will expand the current kidney transplant program and create a new liver transplant program for its initial two years. The NDNF, in partnership with Nevada Donor Network (NDN), will recruit qualified physicians, nurses and support staff to Nevada to implement a successful transplant program. It is estimated that within 12 months, this program would be fully operational and self-sustaining by month 25. Nevada residents will no longer have to seek life-saving care in surrounding states. They will be evaluated locally, transplanted locally and cared for locally.
Plans for expansion across the state are anticipated. The transplant institute will plug into existing hospital systems, infrastructure and equipment that is currently available. Philanthropic funding from the community will primarily go into hiring the required healthcare transplant experts and covering the cost of patient care, including the procedure itself, until achieving CMS certification.
In Nevada, access to anything other than a kidney transplant is not currently available. These critically ill patients must face the financial, physical and emotional burden of traveling to neighboring states to get the care they need or be placed on hospice. With a growing need for organs and a limited supply, most of the country (aside from Nevada) is in a situation where transplant centers must choose whom to transplant, who not to transplant and to take risks on lower-quality organs for transplant because there simply aren’t enough organs.
The University Medical Center of Southern Nevada's (UMC) Center for Transplant is the sole transplant provider in Nevada. The number of Nevadans waiting for a kidney transplant is more than double the amount of people being transplanted in our state. 58% of kidney transplant services are “exported” to surrounding transplant programs in different states. We are excited to share their $12 million philanthropic commitment to the NDNF and our mission to expand transplant services in Nevada! Read more here. Most Nevadans waiting on a life-saving organ must relocate for months to receive their transplant and we hope to find many more partners like UMC who are willing to commit to 'ending the wait.'