September 14, 2020
HCA Healthcare’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital’s Virginia Transplant Center celebrates 30 years with their kidney transplant program.
Richmond, VA. — Henrico Doctors’ Hospital’s Virginia Transplant Center, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of its kidney transplant program this year, will honor organ and tissue donors with the unveiling of its donor memorial sculpture on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.
The LifeNet Health Foundation provided grant funding for the Reflections of Life memorial at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. As one of 58 federally designated Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs), LifeNet Health coordinates organ donation throughout most of Virginia and part of West Virginia. The Virginia Transplant Center at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is one of four transplant hospitals that LifeNet serves across the Central Virginia community, including: VCU, UVA and Sentara Norfolk General.
For over 30 years, The Virginia Transplant Center has provided patients around the country with kidney transplants, living kidney donations and paired exchange kidney transplants. Of the more than 1,300 kidney transplant procedures performed to date, 484 of those transplants were a result of the generosity and selflessness of living donors.
The Virginia Transplant Center’s kidney transplant referral patients average 90 days from referral to listing, which becomes life-saving time for patients and families. Advances in the field of transplantation have made living kidney transplants a highly successful treatment option for patients with chronic kidney disease or renal failure. As a part of the kidney transplant process, kidneys are removed from living donors using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, which allows for a faster, less painful recovery. A transplant coordinator guides all living donors through the entire process, from evaluation through surgery and follow-up.
The Reflections of Life memorial was designed and created by local Richmond artist, Austin Warner, owner of Trouble Dog Art. The foundation of Warner's work comes from abstraction of organic form, color, line and texture where she recreates excitement, joy and curiosity in her creative design. Inspired by a family member who received a life-saving liver transplant, Warner designed a beautiful piece of art that depicts the opportunity for all of us to reflect on the selfless gift of donors and donor families, while providing hope to those in need of a transplant.
The memorial will be displayed inside Henrico Doctors' Hospital and can be viewed around the corner from the Emergency Department, across from the Critical Care Elevators. The memorial is visible from both inside and outside of the hospital windows.
About HCA Virginia
As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 29 outpatient centers, five freestanding emergency rooms, and two urgent care centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia’s largest employers, provides $190.8 million in charity and uncompensated care and pays $72.6 million in taxes annually. HCA Virginia includes five imaging centers, three outpatient surgery centers, four freestanding emergency rooms, and seven hospitals – Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’, and Spotsylvania Regional.
About LifeNet Health
The LifeNet Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises funds to support the Donor Family Services of LifeNet Health, awareness programs that promote the vital need for donation and research and development efforts surrounding transplantation. To learn more, visit LifeNet Health Foundations's website, follow @LNHFoundation on Twitter, or visit LifeNet Health Foundation on Facebook.