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February 16, 2006 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
The kidney transplant program at UCI Medical Center failed to provide adequate training to staff, monitor the diets of organ recipients or regularly review the care provided to patients as required, according to a federal inspection report released Wednesday. The 11-page report by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the latest to raise concerns about transplant services at UCI.
January 30, 2006 | From Times wire reports
Kidneys from elderly donors can be just as effective in transplants as younger ones, a new study has found, raising the prospect of more kidneys available each year for the thousands of people who need them. About 60,000 people in the United States are on a waiting list for a transplant, but only 16,000 per year will receive one.
January 28, 2006 | Charles Ornstein and Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writers
UCI Medical Center has pledged to scrutinize every kidney turned down for patients on its transplant waiting list, following criticism that the hospital rejected an inordinate number of organs that might have saved some patients. The UC Irvine hospital in Orange will provide a written explanation for every organ refusal, and those decisions will be reviewed by top officials, including the university chancellor, according to a formal response to government inspectors released Friday.
December 23, 2005 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
A Honduran kidney transplant patient has won a longshot bid to return to the United States for medical treatment to keep the organ from failing. Isaias Arita Bueso, 25, was granted a rare humanitarian parole by the Department of Homeland Security, said Peter Speicher, a San Antonio ophthalmologist who donated the kidney and has been trying to secure the young man's return from Honduras since the summer.
December 17, 2005 | Charles Ornstein, Alan Zarembo and Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writers
Kidney transplant patients at St. Vincent Medical Center have died at a higher-than-expected rate over the last several years, raising questions about the quality of care at one of the nation's oldest and busiest transplant programs. Thirty-six people who received transplants from January 2002 to June 2004 died within a year of surgery.
August 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
David Eckstein didn't bother asking his family if he should come home this week. His father, Whitey, had a kidney transplant Friday morning, the fourth family member to have one since 1988. David Eckstein's two sisters and one of his brothers already have had transplants, and two of David's nephews have signs of kidney disease. It's a twist of fate that would devastate most families. But the Ecksteins have never had much use for self-pity, no matter how dismal the circumstances.
August 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
Steven Cojocaru is looking for another kidney transplant after the first donated kidney had to be removed due to infection. Cojocaru, a correspondent for syndicated TV shows "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," received a kidney from a friend in January. That kidney was removed in June after it became infected with a virus. The red carpet mainstay says the virus is now gone, leaving him in proper shape for a new transplant.
July 13, 2005 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
David and Rick Eckstein, Whitey's boys, dressed beside each other in the National League clubhouse; David in his St. Louis Cardinal road grays, Rick in his Washington National grays. They were trying to enjoy David's first All-Star game. The league and Manager Tony La Russa were gracious enough to allow Rick, a minor league hitting instructor in the N.Y.-Penn League, to share the time.
June 28, 2005 | From Associated Press
Hollywood fashion commentator Steven Cojocaru underwent surgery Monday for removal of a transplanted kidney that had become infected, a spokesman said. Cojocaru, a correspondent for the syndicated Paramount Domestic Television shows "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," was recovering at an undisclosed hospital after the surgery.
January 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
Red-carpet fashion maven Steven Cojocaru has undergone a successful kidney transplant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Cojocaru, who has polycystic kidney disease, said he was thankful for the transplant of a friend's organ Friday. The L.A. resident, a contributor to NBC's "Today" show and a correspondent for the syndicated "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider" television shows, said he plans to return to work after "a short recovery period" at home.
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