A New Home for Transplant Patients
The Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust has awarded Augusta University $1,453,312 to help fund the construction of a $4.1 million consolidated and expanded kidney transplant clinic at the medical center. The new multidisciplinary clinic will double the capacity for transplant evaluations and ongoing care, essentially paving the way for more patients to receive life-saving organs.
The new 14,000-square-foot clinic will be located on the third floor of Professional Building 1, adjacent to the medical center, in order to accommodate clinical needs, consultations, lab services, an infusion room, a medication assistance program and an education library all under one roof.
In recognition of the donation and the trust’s commitment to supporting organ transplantation for more than two decades at the academic medical center, the new clinic will be named the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust Transplant Clinic.
AU Medical Center is the only Georgia hospital and one of just 20 nationwide to be named a Kidney Transplant Center of Excellence by HealthGrades, a hospital ratings organization.
Nearly 2,500 life-saving kidney and pancreas transplants have been performed at the medical center since the program began in 1968. Augusta University offers novel approaches to kidney transplants, including paired, altruistic, and chain donations in order to help find matching donors for the more than 16,000 patients who are on the waiting list in the geographic region that includes Georgia.