Patients on transplant waitlists face uncertainty after hospital suspends program

Porter Adventist Hospital is halting its transplant surgeries for up to a year while it updates the program.

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  • A Denver hospital is suspending its transplant program for six to 12 months, citing staffing issues
  • Unless patients find a new transplant center to accept them, they won't be able to receive an organ during this time

(CNN)A Denver hospital announced Tuesday it is halting its transplant program temporarily, which will leave 232 patients ineligible for an organ transplant if a match pops up during that time -- unless they transfer to a new program.

A spokeswoman for Porter Adventist Hospital, Wendy Forbes, told CNN that time is of the essence and that patients are being advised to contact either of two other transplant programs in the area now to ensure that if a suitable organ becomes available, they are able to get the transplant.
    The voluntary suspension of the hospital's kidney, liver and pancreas transplants is expected to last six to 12 months, the hospital said in a statement. Experts say that wait times for these organs can last years and that a months-long closure could be especially pressing for patients near the top of the lists.