Penn State Health Pauses Liver Transplant Program Temporarily

Penn State Health has made the decision to temporarily halt its liver transplant program. The program, based at Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has been put on hold due to a higher-than-expected number of patient deaths following recent transplant surgeries. The decision was made in order to assess and improve the program’s protocols and quality of care.

According to Penn State Health, the Liver Transplant Program will be closed for an indefinite period of time while a thorough investigation takes place. The aim is to identify the causes of the recent patient deaths and make the necessary changes to ensure the safety and success of future liver transplant surgeries.

This decision will undoubtedly have significant implications for patients currently awaiting liver transplants at Penn State Health. They will now have to explore alternative options and possibly transfer to other transplant centers in the region. The closure also raises concerns about the impact on the program’s reputation and the potential loss of trust from patients and the medical community. Penn State Health is committed to resolving these issues and hopes to reopen the liver transplant program as soon as possible, with enhanced protocols and improved patient outcomes.

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