As a transplant patient at Rush University Medical Center, you will receive care from a collaborative team of highly trained and experienced health care professionals. These professionals combine their expertise to address every aspect of your care. Working together, the team shares information and ideas to ensure full communication about your case and determine the best course of treatment before, during and after your transplant.
This team also coordinates the efforts of more than 100 other health care professionals at Rush who are involved in the care of each transplant patient. The multicultural team also is sensitive to the specific needs and concerns of Rush's diverse patient population. Members of the transplant program at Rush speak 16 different languages, including Mandarin, Polish, Serbian and Spanish.
The transplant care team at Rush includes the following professionals, who work together to meet the diverse needs of patients and their families throughout the transplant process:
These include both surgeons who perform the actual transplant and nephrologists (kidney disease specialists) who will take over your care two to four months after your transplant. Your transplant physicians confer regularly about your case and together determine the best plan of care for you.
Transplant nurse coordinators
Working together with the transplant physicians, they help to provide consistent and personalized care. One coordinator will act as your case manager before your transplant and another will see you on a weekly basis for up to four months after you are discharged from the hospital.
These pharmacists help the transplant team decide the best drug therapy for you. They monitor your medications and adjust your dosage to make sure you are getting the greatest benefit. They also look for possible drug interactions. As part of the transplant team, they make daily patient rounds with other members of the team. They are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your medications. Ask a transplant pharmacist if you have any questions about your medications or side effects.
They help the doctors decide what diet you need while you are in the hospital after surgery. If you need to be fed through a tube temporarily after surgery, dietitians help decide the right type and amount of formula to use. If you have special needs or need to be on a special diet when you return home after surgery, a dietitian will assist you.
Need to understand, manage or address problems with your medical insurance? Financial coordinators can help. A coordinator will work with your insurance company, Medicare and Medicaid to obtain approval for your transplant and to identify potential gaps in your coverage.
Helping you plan for both day-to-day and long-term needs related to transplant, social workers find you the support you need from your community. Your social worker can help locate agencies that provide temporary housing, travel arrangements, emotional and financial support, medications and rehabilitation placement.