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Legacy Transplant Services Reaches Medical Milestone After Performing 1,000th Kidney Transplant

1000th transplant performed by surgeon who performed program’s first

March 4, 2013 (Portland, Ore.) — Legacy Transplant Services has reached a medical milestone – completing its 1000th kidney transplant at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.

“This milestone represents one thousand unique stories of lives saved, selfless acts and tireless dedication,” said William Bennett, M.D., medical director of Legacy Transplant Services and transplant nephrologist. “Having been on the Legacy Transplant Services team from day one, I have had the privilege and the honor of getting to know these patients, their families and the unique ways receiving a transplant has transformed their lives.”

Based at Legacy Good Samaritan, Legacy Transplant Service’s first kidney transplant was performed using a living donor kidney on Nov. 12, 1999 by transplant surgeon, Kevin McEvoy, M.D., who also performed the 1000th transplant. Today, Legacy Transplant Services performs between 60 and 80 kidney transplants each year. The program has been recognized for having better outcomes above the national average, posting a one-year patient survival rate of 98 percent and a one-year graft (kidney) survival rate of 95 percent.

Since its inception, Legacy Transplant Services has been a pioneer in its field, performing Oregon’s first transplant on a recipient with HIV and the state’s first laparoscopic kidney donation. It also takes on cases with greater acuity than the national average, including morbidly obese and diabetic patients.

Legacy Transplant Services was the first kidney transplant program in the state to offer its recipients and donors the option of paired donation through the national kidney paired exchange registry. This nationwide effort matches a transplant recipient with a compatible stranger in exchange for a kidney donation from the stranger’s friend or family member.

Legacy Transplant Services is also the first transplant center in Oregon to offer non-directed living donations (NDLD). Today, the center performs three-times more of these altruistic living kidney transplants than any other center in Oregon. By offering both NDLD and paired kidney donations, Legacy Transplant Services adds kidneys to the overall pool and provides patients with more choices, less waiting time, healthier kidneys and better outcomes.

Dr. Bennett credits the success of the program to the combined efforts of a highly skilled team that includes surgeons, nephrologists, transplant coordinators, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers, nurses and strong support from hospital administration.

“Although each story is unique, the one thing each donor and recipient has in common is the quality of personalized care they receive in every step of the process from Legacy Transplant Services staff,” said Dr. Bennett. “I am proud to call each member of the team a colleague and a friend.”

Currently, Legacy Transplant Services has 150 adult patients on the waiting list to receive a transplant, with more than 200 being evaluated.

1,000 Lives and Counting

In honor of Legacy Transplant Services’ 1000th Kidney Transplant, theGood Samaritan Foundation will hold a luncheon benefitting the program on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The event, entitled “1,000 Lives and Counting”, will recognize the program’s milestone, its patients, and Dr. Bennett for his years of service. To register for the luncheon or to make a donation, please visit

If you are a patient or a family member whose life has been touched by Legacy Transplant Services and you would like to share your story, please email Your story will be used to inspire, encourage and educate the many others who are now waiting for a transplant or contemplating becoming a donor.