Tampa General Hospital (TGH) performed 585 organ transplants in 2019, eclipsing the previous record of 500 in 2011.
This puts TGH in the top 10 busiest organ transplant centers in the nation.
Among the 2019 organ transplants include 358 kidney transplants, including 91 kidney transplants from living donors, 145 liver transplants, 37 heart transplants, 35 lung transplants and 10 kidney-pancreas transplants.
The high number of transplants, paired with Tampa General’s successful outcomes, demonstrates how high-volume surgical centers provide the best and safest results for patients, said John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General.
“When surgical teams perform these complex operations more often, their skills and teamwork improve, and patients benefit by receiving the best possible care,” Couris said. “We’re grateful that our transplant teams are able to provide world-class levels of care to our patients and families.”
Performing more transplants means saving more lives, said Dr. Kiran Dhanireddy, executive director of the Advanced Organ Disease & Transplantation Institute at Tampa General.
“Our mission is to improve, extend and save the lives of people with advanced organ disease,” Dhanireddy said. “So when we’re transplanting more organs, we are better meeting the needs of our community. We’re saving more lives.”
In 2018, TGH met the 10,000th transplant milestone, one of about two dozen transplant centers to achieve that.