Kidney transplant clinic to open in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri hospital will open a clinic in Wichita next month to serve kidney patients who need transplants.

Saint Luke’s Hospital, of Kansas City, announced plans Tuesday to open the clinic near Wichita’s Via Christi hospital.

Doctors at the clinic will evaluate potential transplant recipients. They will also provide pre- and post-surgery care for patients who receive new kidneys at Saint Luke’s in Kansas City.

KWCH-TV reports more than 1,000 dialysis patients in Wichita are being evaluated for transplants. Wichita was left with a void when Via Christi announced in May it would not reopen its own program, which was halted in 2012 for the investigation of the deaths of four transplant patients in less than a month.

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