DES MOINES, Iowa- MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines has temporarily stopped doing kidney and pancreas transplants.
MercyOne of Central Iowa President Karl Keeler says the programs are being voluntarily inactivated for up to 12 months, effective July 1, 2019.
He says the pause, will allow time to evaluate the needs of the program as well as patient volume.
Keeler says MercyOne will work with the Iowa Methodist Transplant Center of Des Moines to meet patient needs in the meantime.
"The decision to temporarily stop performing transplants was not taken lightly, said Keeler. We are proud of our transplant surgical and clinical teams and the many lives these programs have impacted. However, health care continues to change, and transplant care is no exception."
"In order to keep heath care sustainable, we must continue to evaluate the services MercyOne is providing and consider investing in areas where community needs are not being met. It is becoming increasingly important for us to collaborate with other providers for the benefit of the people and communities we serve. Our central Iowa community is fortunate to be served by two transplant programs," said Keeler.