Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, a HCA North Texas Hospital, announced today that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved the Fort Worth Transplant Institute, Plaza Medical Center’s kidney transplant program.

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government, formally authorized the Fort Worth Transplant Institute at Plaza Medical Center in August 2012.

To become CMS certified, after being authorized by UNOS, the Fort Worth Transplant Institute at Plaza Medical Center had to successfully perform at least three kidney transplants and then alert CMS via letter to request an on-site survey for certification. CMS surveyors reviewed the hospital in May and the program was approved for certification on May 23.

“Our goal with this transplant program is to give second chances to patients and save lives,” said Clay Franklin, Chief Executive Officer of Plaza Medical Center. “As with all procedures and care within our hospital, we will strive to provide the best care, quality and outcomes for our patients.”

George Rofaiel, M.D., is the surgical director for the Fort Worth Transplant Institute. Dr. Rofaiel received his general surgery training at the Cleveland Clinic, where he was a chief surgical resident, before completing his abdominal transplant fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he served as the surgical transplant fellow. Dr. Rofaiel’s training includes kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation.

Bala Sankar, M.D. acts as the medical director of kidney transplantation. Dr. Sankar, a nephrologist, received his Internal Medicine training at Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska. He served as Chief Internal Medicine resident at Creighton University after completing his Internal Medicine residency.  Dr. Sankar went on to complete a nephrology fellowship at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.  He completed his transplant nephrology fellowship at Washington University.  During his final year of fellowship, Dr. Sankar served as Chief Nephrology fellow.

The Fort Worth Transplant Institute at Plaza Medical Center is the fifth HCA kidney transplant program in the state of Texas. 

About Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth and North Texas Division of HCA Hospitals

Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, one of the 12 North Texas Division of HCA hospitals, was established in 1974. Located in the heart of the medical district, Plaza Medical Center is a 320-bed facility offering comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services. The hospital serves as a tertiary referral center not only for Tarrant County, but also numerous counties within a 90-mile radius, and offers cutting-edge diagnostic treatment services in a wide range of specialties and subspecialties, including Cardiac Care, Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics and Specialty Surgery. For more information on Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, please visit www.plazamedicalcenter.com. For more information on the North Texas Division of HCA Hospitals, please visit www.hcanorthtexas.com.