Senator Smith Urges For Transplant Program In Queens
State Senator Malcolm A. Smith recently released a letter he wrote to Governor Pataki, urging approval of North Shore University Hospital’s (NSUH) application to create a kidney transplant program that would serve the Queens community.
“The fact that there is still not one single kidney transplant program in either Queens or Nassau counties illustrates the need to establish one as soon as possible. For my constituents who need kidney transplantation, their only option is to travel to another county to receive the medical care they require,” said Senator Smith.
Senator Smith noted that while there are currently 21 operational dialysis centers throughout the Queens area, there is still a deficit of transplant programs. “I am confident that NSUH is more than capable of operating a successful kidney transplant program that would be beneficial to countless individuals in Queens. It is vital that we do all we can to improve health care services, especially transplant services,” said Senator Smith. According to the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP), there are approximately 20 million people in the United States that suffer from kidney disease. By 2010, an estimated 661,330 people will have kidney failure. “The national cost of treating patients with kidney failure is more than $20 billion annually. If detected early, kidney failure can be treated, which is why it is crucial for patients to have access to kidney transplant programs.