Waiting for months or years for a heart transplant? Our median wait time for Status 1B patients is just under two weeks*
Reducing Wait Times – Improving Outcomes
The ability to receive a heart transplant as soon as possible after diagnostic confirmation can make a difference in a patient’s outcome and quality of life. But oftentimes patients on the transplant program waiting list must wait more than five years to receive a transplant. It is important to know that it is the right of every patient to request a "transfer of waiting time" to another center no matter what list the patient is already on – or what region the patient is in.
At Baylor University Medical Center Dallas, we have a highly proactive approach to recipient and donor selection that allows us to provide life-saving care for more people. Status 1B patients who transfer their waiting time to Baylor Dallas have a median wait time of just under two weeks. Patients may either self refer to the Baylor Dallas transplant program or ask their primary transplant center for a referral. Once the patient is accepted, all the wait time on the patient’s primary list will be transferred to our list. Usually, a determination on eligibility and listing can be made within seven days. UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) typically takes less than 24 hours to then transfer the patient’s “days waiting” to our list. We then make sure all records and results are transferred in order to minimize additional testing.
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Trust the Leader – Baylor Dallas
A high-volume center with excellent outcomes, Baylor Dallas is widely regarded as one of the leading multi-specialty transplant centers in the nation. Baylor Dallas is living proof that the more times a hospital performs a procedure, the better its success rate.
We Make it Simple
Just a quick four-hour direct flight from Logan International to DFW Airport and you’re close to Baylor Dallas. While being evaluated, patients and their caregivers may choose to stay in affordable comfort at the Twice Blessed House, a nearby community of 44 apartments dedicated to serving the needs of pre- and post-transplant patients. After the patient is listed, we can help the patient find a place to stay, such as an apartment or weekly hotel, until a heart comes in.
Post Transplant Recovery
After their transplant, patients may recover at the Twice Blessed House or at another place to their choosing. Typically, Baylor Dallas will provide post transplant care throughout the patient’s entire first year unless special arrangements are set up with the referring transplant team. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Baylor Dallas Advantages Overview
*Data reflects median wait time during the 2015 calendar year.
- The team of cardiac specialists on our medical staff proactively pursues ways to save lives, with a median wait time of less than two weeks for status1B heart transplant patients from the time they are listed to transplanted
- Our heart transplant listing program increases the patient’s possibility of receiving a transplant
- We have teams of professionals dedicated to the treatment of advanced heart failure, including transplant cardiologists on the medical staff, surgeons on the medical staff, certified heart failure nurses, transplant coordinators, dietitians, social workers and more.
- On-site, affordable housing for out-of-town patients and their families both pre- and post-transplant is available
- We are part of the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute, one of the largest multi-specialty transplant centers in the country with an international reputation as leaders in transplant medicine.
- Baylor Dallas is recognized year after year for its quality care and Centers of Excellence
- Baylor Dallas was listed for the 21st consecutive year in the U.S. News & World Reports’ "America’s Best Hospitals" issue
- We are first in Texas and fourth in the nation for heart transplant volume, with excellent survival rates
- We have convenient access to multi-specialty care through the Baylor Dallas Center for Advanced Heart and Lung Disease offering mechanical circulatory support system; chronic hemodynamic support and transplantation and cardiac rehabilitation
- We have a proactive approach to recipient and donor selection that allows us to provide life-saving care for more people