Welcome to Penn State Hershey Abdominal Transplant Surgery
Since 1982, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been a leader in abdominal organ transplants. The first kidney transplant was a living related donation from father to daughter. The Medical Center expanded transplant services to include kidney/pancreas and liver transplantation.
At Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, you will find the largest, most experienced transplant team and support staff in central Pennsylvania. In addition, the transplant team has access to a wide variety of medical and surgical services to support any special care needs that may arise following transplantation.
Inspire others to help save and heal lives
It only takes 30 seconds to become an organ donor. Be inspired to give the gift of life and sign-up as a donor today. Visit organdonor.gov to register.
Kidney recipient gives thanks for anonymous donor and the gift of a second chance
Some people in need of a healthy kidney have willing donors who aren't good matches for them. The "kidney swap" program through The National Kidney Registry and other organizations gives those people another option for receiving a donor organ than waiting on the deceased donor list. Click here to learn more about this option, now offered at Penn State Hershey.
We vow to save lives.
From invitations and flowers, to tuxedos and wedding cake, bride-to-be Hannah planned for it all.
But what she didn’t plan for was liver failure.
At 17-years-old, Hannah was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease which caused severe damage to her liver. Everyday activities like walking upstairs or dressing for school in the morning caused a sense of fatigue for Hannah who was once a competitor on her high school’s track and field team.
Nearly four years later, Hannah was in dire need of a transplant. She received a life-saving liver transplant at Penn State Hershey Medical Center within two days. An experienced team of skilled transplant surgical, medical and support staff cared for Hannah’s physical and emotional needs before, during, and after her transplant surgery to ensure her walk down the aisle would be a healthy one.
Hannah couldn’t live without her new liver. And now—her groom, Earl, is able to forever cherish something he couldn’t live without—the love of his life, Hannah.
Central Pennsylvania's First Living Donor Liver Transplant
Surgeons at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center performed central Pennsylvania’s first adult living-donor liver transplant, a highly specialized and effective treatment for patients suffering from end-stage liver disease, on Jestine Reider and John Kreider, brother and sister from Elizabethtown, Pa. The surgery was performed by the liver transplant surgery team on Tuesday, July 29, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center -- the only Medicare-approved center for liver transplantation in central Pennsylvania and one of only three hospitals in Pennsylvania to offer this procedure. More...
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