Sacramento Hospital Drops Liver Transplant Center

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento hospital is shutting down its liver transplant program due to a shortage of organ donors and increased competition at other Northern California hospitals.

Hospital officials say UC Davis Medical Center has begun the process to move 37 patients to other waiting lists.

According to Dr. Allan Siefkin, chief medical officer, UC Davis has performed 11 surgeries this year compared to 25 last year. The ideal number for doctors to keep their surgical skills sharp is 40 to 50.

Three other hospitals in Northern California perform such transplants, including the University of California, San Francisco, Stanford University and California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee,

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