Programs / Transplant Resources
New to the Transplant Journey?
If you are new to the transplant journey, have just learned that you have been listed, or have questions, now is the time to call upon the many resources and information that are available to you at no charge. Thanks to a generous gift from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund and American Century Investments, Gift of Life offers a variety of videos and online resources.
Transplant Resources Index
We can connect you to a Transplant Mentor, a volunteer who has received a transplant relevant to your case, cared for a family member or friend, a living donor, or the member of a donor family. Transplant Mentors have been trained by Gift of Life and accept the responsibility to meet the standards expected within the program. They do not offer medical advice but encourage patients to be their own best advocate, they can also help you navigate within your hospital program.
These volunteers have been in your shoes and are happy to help you begin by learning how to track questions during your initial medical visits, understand the terminology, the importance of compliance pre- and post-transplant…and how to feel at ease with the gift received.
To connect with a Transplant Mentor contact Andy Donnelly, Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-851-1947.
Pre+Post: Transplant Conversation
An introduction to the Transplant Mentors program and services offered by Gift of Life.
The Importance of Family, Friends and Support
Heart Recipient, David & Lydia Jeter
Video Resources for Transplant Recipients and Caregivers
How to Help Your Surgeon
Dr. Sean Kumer, Transplant Surgeon, Center for Transplantation, University of Kansas Hospital
The Importance of Compliance and Adherence
Dr. Jameson Forster, Transplant Surgeon, Saint Luke’s Hospital
The Important Role of Caregivers
Marilee Clites, Medical Professional,The Transplant Institute at Research Medical Center
Need a Checklist?
Your medical team should always be your first resource for medical advice and questions regarding your transplant journey. Kidney recipient Dan Coronado made his own checklist so he would be prepared for each visit with his doctors and transplant team. He has offered to share this list as an example of questions you may wish to consider. Do you have other tips to add? Email them to Andyd@giftdonor.org and we’ll begin a log to help the next patient!
Kansas City Area Transplant Hospitals and Programs
The Transplant Institute at Research Medical Center
Saint Luke’s Hospital
A New Life – Dan Coronado
A Sibling’s Gift – Deb Sager & Josh Peters
Center for Transplantation at the University of Kansas Hospital
(Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, Bone Marrow)
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
The Transition to Adult Care
Dr. Bradley Warady, Chief Nephrologist, Children’s Mercy Hospital
Pediatric Liver Transplant
The Gift Grows Up! – Luke Harbur Liver Recipient and Kris Drake, Donor Father
Living Kidney Donation
Encouragement Through Parents Care
Pediatric Transplant Support
Success is a Team Effort
Transplant Registration, Information and Donor Family Resources
Midwest Transplant Network
With a mission to save lives by honoring the gift of donation with dignity and compassion, Midwest Transplant Network (MTN) has been connecting lives in the Kansas and western Missouri communities for 40 years. MTN is a federally certified not-for-profit Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) and works with donors, donor families and hospitals to extend legacies, provide hope and give life.
Support and Communication Between Donor and Recipient Families
Midwest Transplant Network Donor Family Care Program
Michele Shanahan DeMoss, donor mother
Jerri Carroll, donor mother
American Transplant Foundation
The American Transplant Foundation helps provide financial assistance to the most vulnerable transplant patients and living donors by reimbursing them for lost wages after the surgery, and providing access to lifesaving medications. Through its Patient Assistance Program and 1+1=LIFE Mentorship Program, ATF supports patients in 46 states with a specific focus on Colorado.
Understanding Depression, Coping and Emotional Support
Recognizing and Understanding Depression
Peggy McGinnis, The Transplant Institute at Research Medical Center & Gift of Life Transplant Mentor Advisory Committee
Safety Net and Mental Health Resources
Kansas City Area Mental and Health Services
The Mid-America Regional Council’s Kansas City Healthcare Initiative offers the Health Resource Guide, a guide to safety net health services in greater Kansas City. Topics include Affordable Care Act enrollment information, safety net clinics, mental health services directory, prescription assistance and additional resources.
Offers counseling, support, shelter, food and related information through a number of facilities in the Kansas City Metro area. Call 913-328-4600 or the 24-hour Emergency Line: 913-788-4200.
National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Advance Care Planning and Health Care Directives
The Center for Practical Bioethics Caring Conversation Guide
The Center for Practical Bioethics has graciously offered access to their valuable resource library for your consideration. Caring Conversations® is designed to guide you, your family and your friends through the process of advance care planning. Each copy of Caring Conversations includes a healthcare directive form and a durable power of attorney for healthcare form.
Helpful Links to General Topics
United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS)
Our mission is to advance organ availability and transplantation by uniting and supporting our communities for the benefit of patients through education, technology and policy development.
Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
SRTR responsibilities include designing and carrying out rigorous scientific analyses of data and disseminating information to the transplant community, including transplant programs, organ procurement organizations, policy makers, transplant professionals, transplant recipients, organ donors and donor families, and the general public.
Lung Transplant Information
Web MD – Liver transplant
Web MD – Kidney transplant
Web MD – Heart transplant
Web MD – Lung transplant
Web MD Pancreas transplant
Heartland Kidney Program
Missouri Kidney Program
National Kidney Foundation
American Liver Foundation
Saving Sight (Formerly Heartland Lion’s Eye Bank)
Grief Support (Kansas City Metro) – Adult
Gladstone and Kansas City locations
1500 Meadow Lake Parkway Suite 200
Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Hospice House – Olathe Medical Center
Church of the Resurrection
Thursday night program 5:30 dinner, 6:30 program
Grief Support (Loss of a Child)
Providing grief support after the death of a child
National Office: 877.969.0010
Local Office: 816.941.3904
Other Transplant Centers
Mayo Clinic Transplant
Stanford Medical Center
University of Pittsburgh
Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
Johns Hopkins Medical Center
Nebraska Medical Center