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Mar 16 2016

Pancreas Clinic Gets Recognized

The National Pancreas Foundation has nationally recognized Nebraska Medicine for the work being done in their Pancreas clinic. Nebraska Medicine is the only hospital in Nebraska to receive this prominent designation, joining 29 other institutions across the United States.
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Feb 17 2016

Extraordinary Innovations in Transplantation Conference

This conference will provide attendees with an overview of emerging trends in oncology, solid organ- and blood/marrow transplantation. Join us as clinical experts provide insight into innovative approaches to the ongoing management and continuing support of patients with complex cancers and organ failures.
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Feb 15 2016

Transplant Team Performs First Lung Transplant

First Time the Operation Has Been Done Since Launching the Program in Late 2015.
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Nov 24 2015

Lung Transplant Program Begins at Nebraska Medicine

After years of planning and preparation, the organization is launching a comprehensive Lung Transplant Program. The addition makes Nebraska Medicine one of a few institutions nationwide to offer all solid organ transplants under one roof.
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May 6 2015

A Nurse’s Journey to Find Healing

Growing up, I have no memory of wanting to be anything but a nurse. My parents always told me that God gave me this special gift, and boy – did I run with it!
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Mar 29 2015

Transplant Surgeon Receives Scientific Achievement Award

David F. Mercer, MD, PhD, transplant surgeon, was honored by the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures with the organization’s first-ever award for scientific achievement.
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Mar 31 2015

New Lung Transplant Program Expected to Begin Early Summer

Providers anticipate 10 lung transplants in the first year, increasing to 35 to 40 by the third year.
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Mar 29 2015

Dr. Miles Elected Vice Chair of Kidney Medical Review Board

Clifford Miles, MD, medical director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program, has been selected as the vice chair of the Heartland Kidney Network’s Medical Review Board.
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Dec 23 2014

New Liver Leads to New Family

On December 22, 2004, an article in an Omaha newspaper changed my life. It told the story of a 1-year-old girl from Texas, who came to Nebraska Medicine for a liver transplant. The little girl’s name was Elena. She was born early and had immediate health complications including necrotizing enterocolitis. Her family was unable to take care of her, so Elena was all alone.
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Dec 19 2014

Medical Advances Improve Pediatric Kidney Transplant Survival Rates

This can be attributed to multiple factors including refinements in pre-transplantation preparation, enhanced surgical techniques, better choice of donors, more potent immunosuppressive medications, greater understanding of pediatric-specific pharmacokinetics and use of evidence-based medication protocols, says Teri Mauch, MD, pediatric nephrologist at Nebraska Medicine.
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Dec 8 2014

Omaha! We’re Celebrating Our Award-Winning Nephrology Service

We’ve worked hard to achieve this level of patient care. Our patients come to us when other treatments haven’t worked, and they need the resources of our very busy and comprehensive nephrology clinic.
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Nov 28 2014

World-Class Digestive and Liver Care – Close to Home

If you've been diagnosed with a digestive or liver disorder, it's important to know you're seeing the "best of the best" when you come to our clinic. Our specialists diagnose and treat all GI problems—including inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatic disease, cancer of the GI tract and motility disorders.
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Sept 23 2014

New Kidney Allocation Process Expected to Provide More Uniform Organ Distribution

A new kidney transplant allocation system that is expected to take effect in December of 2014, will result in better long-term kidney survival as well as more uniform waiting times and kidney distribution for transplant candidates.
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June 24 2014

Pancreas Transplant Can Improve Quality of Life for Type 1 Diabetes Patients

Patients with difficult-to-manage Type 1 diabetes typically experience frequent swings in blood glucose levels, which can be difficult to control with some insulin regimens.
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May 13 2014

Extraordinary Innovations in Transplantation Conference

This conference will provide attendees with an overview of emerging trends in oncology, blood and marrow transplantation and solid organ transplantation. Join us as clinical experts provide insight into innovative approaches to the ongoing management and continuing support of patients with complex cancers and organ failures.
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Apr 8 2014

Nebraska Organ Recovery System Aims to Save More Lives in 2014

These transplants would not be possible without the individuals and families who make the decision to become an organ donor. One reason for our growth in transplants is that more people than ever made that selfless decision in 2013.
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Mar 31 2014

Intestinal Transplant Can Provide Long-Term Solution for TPN-Dependent Patients

Long-term dependence on total parenteral nutrition can result in significant risks to a patient. Complications such as end-stage liver disease, vein clotting or loss of central venous access due to the use of catheters to administer TPN are indications that your patient may be a candidate for an intestinal transplant.
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Mar 25 2014

Powerful Experience Leads to Song Dedication

Two close colleagues, Patrick Osborne and Larry Larson, became much closer after Osborne donated one of his kidneys to Larson on July 20, 2011.
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Feb 5 2014

Chronic Kidney Disease Education Program

For patients, family members and any one who is interested in Kidney Disease
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Jan 24 2014

Kidney Donor Pool Expands with Living Kidney and Paired Donation Programs

he need for kidney donors is greater today than ever before. The gap between the number of kidney donors and the number of people on the waiting list continues to grow, says Clifford Miles, MD, nephrologist at The Nebraska Medical Center.
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Aug 30 2013

Because He Could:

Wesleyan employee donates kidney to co-worker's wife
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Aug 22 2013

Pediatric Liver Transplant Program Provides Depth of Experience and Expertise

The Nebraska Medical Center has been a leader in both adult and pediatric liver transplants since the program was founded in 1985. The program averages approximately 80 adult liver transplants and 20 to 25 pediatric transplants annually.
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July 24 2013

10/10 Finding Balance

The pain that Rachel Smith felt just under her breastbone was like no pain she had ever felt before. It was debilitating pain; pain that caused her to drop to the floor unable to stand pain. On a scale of one to 10, it was a 10.
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July 22 2013

Lasting Impressions

Michael Moulton, MD, recalls with admiration the first few times his eyes were opened to the field of medicine. He was a young child standing beside his grandfather, Gordon Schulz, MD.
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June 21 2013

Kidney Paired Donation Program Increases Transplant Options

Today, there are more than 80,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant. Approximately 4,500 people will die while waiting for a kidney transplant in the United States.
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May 17 2013

Nebraska Medical Center Transplant Program Earns National Awards

The United States Department of Health and Human Services has named The Nebraska Medical Center's organ transplant programs several awards as part of a new recognition for increasing organ and tissue donation.
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Mar 29 2013

Extraordinary Innovations in Transplantation and Oncology Conference

This conference will provide attendees with an extensive overview of emerging technologies and innovative strategies for the treatment and management of complex oncology, blood/marrow stem cell transplant, and solid organ transplant patients.
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Mar 21 2013

Comprehensive Pancreatobiliary Disorders and Autologous Islet Transplantation Clinic

Diseases of the pancreas and biliary tract are often complex and difficult to manage. A new clinic at The Nebraska Medical Center, the Comprehensive Pancreatobiliary Disorders and Autologous Islet Transplantation Clinic, was developed to provide a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches....
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Dec 21 2012

Neuroendocrine Tumor Clinic Specializes in Rare Carcinoid Tumors

Carcinoid tumors are rare and can be difficult to diagnose. Getting proper treatment for patients with these types of tumors can be even more challenging. The Nebraska Medical Center offers a Neuroendocrine Tumor Clinic to treat these difficult cases – one of a few in the country.
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Nov 15 2012

Good as Gold

Competing in swimming at the Transplant Games of America for the first time, Peter Jurich proudly donned six gold and two silver medals around his neck when the Games were over.
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Sept 27 2012

Comprehensive Pancreatobiliary Disorder and Autologous Islet Transplantation Clinic

We are excited to announce the establishment of the UNMC Comprehensive Pancreatobiliary Disorder and Autologous Islet Transplantation Clinic. This multidisciplinary clinic was developed to provide a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for a wide variety of non-malignant pancreatic and biliary diseases.
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Aug 21 2012

Kidney Transplantation Viable Option for Most Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

The best outcomes are achieved with patients who receive a transplant before they require dialysis, says Clifford Miles, MD, nephrologist and assistant professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).
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Aug 13 2012

Mechanical Assist Device Provides Long-Term Option for Growing Number of Heart Failure Patients

Once used primarily as a bridge to transplant, the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is emerging as a long-term option for many patients with end-stage heart failure.
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Aug 7 2012

Liver Transplant Program Earns an International Recognition

Register now to join us in Omaha July 13-14, to Celebrate Life at the Annual Transplant Reunion.
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Jun 8 2012

Register now for the 2012 Transplant Reunion

Register now to join us in Omaha July 13-14, to Celebrate Life at the Annual Transplant Reunion.
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Jan 9 2012

Dr. Joann Schaefer Sets the Pace After Transplant

As the chief medical officer for the state of Nebraska, Dr. Joann Schaefer has a lot of responsibility. As the recipient of a liver transplant, she feels additional responsibility: to be a role model of healthy living. She finished 7 half marathons in one year and has no plans to slow down. In this story from KETV, she said, "Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, today is a gift. That's why it's the present." Read More

Nov 25 2011

Living-Liver Donor Program Offers New Hope

Learn how our Living-Liver Donor Program has helped Russ Hart regain his health after years of battling liver disease. Read More

Aug 18 2011

Donor Drive 2011

We need you to reach our goal! We're committed to adding 10,000 people to the Donor Registry of Nebraska. Read More

Aug 16 2011

New Quality Statistics Released

Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) releases new quality information. Read More

Feb 10 2011

Liver Transplant Program Celebrates 25 Years

Video tribute to 25 years of liver transplantation. Read More

Jan 19 2011

Kidney Transplant Program Celebrates 40 Years

Video tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Kidney Transplant Program. Read More

Dec 6 2010

Surviving Against All Odds

Stephanie Haines is in the prime of her life. At just 25 years old, success seems to follow her: the valedictorian of her high school class, the recipient of a full-ride college scholarship, two college degrees under her belt and a rising accountant at a large Omaha business.
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Oct 1 2010

A Mother Shares Words of Home

Omaha, Neb. - Listen to a mother share her daughter's journey through Intestinal Rehabilitation. Read More

Oct 1 2010

Russel's Story

Omaha, Neb. - Listen to a patient tell his story of hope and healing. Read More

Sept 19 2010

Giving the Gift of Life

After soul-searching, youth minister donates his liver to a member of his church family. Read More

Jun 1 2010

Transplant Team Performs First Combined Kidney/Heart Transplant

Omaha Neb.- An Omaha man is recovering well after undergoing an historic operation at The Nebraska Medical Center two weeks ago. David Gildea was the first patient at The Nebraska Medical Center to receive a combined heart and kidney transplant. Read More

Jul 29 2009

Father of Transplant Patient Also Gets New Heart

Omaha, Neb. - Bruce Prenosil's word for 2009 is "believe." A "believe" sign sits on his fireplace mantel. And wherever he goes, the word just seems to jump out at him. Read More

Jun 11 2009

Clinical Trial Holds Hope and Potential for Pediatric Organ Transplant Patients

Omaha, Neb. - It is a medical Catch-22; the nutritional supplement necessary to keep children with failing intestines alive can also damage another vital organ. Read More

May 23 2009

Creating New Pathways in Treatment

Since the inception of the liver transplant program in 1985, the surgical team that is one facet of the world-renowned liver disease program at The Nebraska Medical Center has performed 2,534 liver transplants.
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Mar 26 2009

Region's First Clinic for Carcinoid Cancer Opens at The Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, Neb. - Carcinoid cancer turned Ruth Gerdes into a crusader. Read More

Feb 7 2009

Heart Ball Princess Celebrates the Miracle of a Heart Transplant

Omaha, Neb. - A series of miracles; that's how some describe Petra Marcos' recovery from a critical heart infection. Read More

Jul 23 2008

Kidney 'Swap' Creates New Transplant Opportunities

Omaha, Neb. - The Nebraska Medical Center is taking part in a nationwide initiative to match more people needing a kidney transplant with people who are willing to donate. It's called a donor swap. It works by pairing two sets of donors and recipients who are incompatible with each other. Read More

May 19 2008

New Hope for Carcinoid Cancer Patients

Video - Carcinoid Cancer: An interview with a patient, physician and report from KPTM in Omaha, Neb. Read More

May 12 2008

Small Bowel Transplant Program at The Nebraska Medical Center Is Busiest Program in the Nation

Omaha, Neb. - The intestinal transplant program at The Nebraska Medical Center was one of the first of its kind in the nation when it began in 1990. Today it is the busiest. Read More

Apr 15 2008

Two Prominent Nebraska Doctors Become Patients in Living-Donor Liver Transplant

Omaha, Neb. - As the State of Nebraska's Chief Medical Officer, Joann Schaefer, M.D., knows a great deal about large-scale public health issues. Read More

Feb 8 2008

New York City Police Officer Praises The Nebraska Medical Center Transplant Program

Omaha, Neb. - Nebraska nurse, Roseann Mastio of Bellevue, wanted to make good on a promise when she told her brother-in-law, a retired New York City street cop, that she would donate her kidney to him. Read More

Oct 1 2007

The Nebraska Medical Center's Transplant Programs Receive National Awards

Omaha, Neb. - The Nebraska Medical Center's transplant programs were honored with two awards on Monday, Oct. 1 at the 2007 OptumHealth Care Solutions (formally U.R.N.) annual National Clinical Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. Read More

Jul 24 2007

Transplant Reunion Celebrates Second Chances, Gift of Life

Omaha, Neb. - They come to celebrate, to see old friends and to make new ones. Several hundred transplant recipients will gather in Omaha on Saturday, July 28, 2007 for The Nebraska Medical Center's Transplant Reunion. Read More

May 14 2007

Unique Islet Transplant Offers Colorado Toddler Hope

Omaha, Neb. - Three-year-old Berlyn Alfredsen is much like any other little girl. She enjoys wearing her hair in a ponytail. Her eyes light up when she watches her favorite Elmo videos. And, brightly colored pictures decorate her room. Unlike other children, though, little Berlyn has spent much of her young life in and out of hospitals. She recently became the youngest patient known to undergo an autologous islet transplant. Read More

April 13 2007

Finding Fulfillment

All babies spit up. That’s what Nolan Miller’s parents thought after they brought him home Sept. 20, 2003, two days after he was born. But Nolan wasn’t just spitting up a little milk. Nolan was vomiting. Constantly. Then he stopped having bowel movements.
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Apr 10 2007

The Nebraska Medical Center's Heart Transplant Program Receives Medicare Certification

Omaha, Neb. - It is a mark of quality, experience and of a significant service provided to patients. The Nebraska Medical Center is now officially certified as a heart transplantation center by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).Read More

Mar 27 2007

Liver Cancer Rates Expected to Rise, Hope for Patients Found at The Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, Neb. - A White House announcement draws attention to a growing trend. Press Secretary Tony Snow joins thousands of Americans in fighting liver cancer. Read More

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