New Year, new you: How to stay active for kidney transplant
By: Marie Manley, Pre-Transplant Assistant

  • Answer your phone
  • Listen and respond to our voice messages
  • Open your mail from us
  • Report to all appointments we schedule for you
  • If you get a new phone, call us with the new number
  • If you get a new phone, set up your voicemail
  • If your insurance changes, we need to know
  • If you are hospitalized at another facility—we need to know
  • Go to dialysis when scheduled and stay the required time
  • If you are smoking, there are multiple free resources to help you quit—call us for information
  • Follow your fluid and dietary restrictions
  • Maintain a healthy weight – if you need help take advantage of our transplant nutritionist—call us for information
  • Let us know when you go on vacation

Remember: Your compliance with dialysis, medications and physician recommendations directly affects your candidacy with our program.

Joan’s cooking corner

Cottage cheese sour cream pancakes

Blending sour cream and cottage cheese, ingredients traditionally associated with blintzes, into the batter of these pancakes gives them old-fashioned flavor.

A quarterly recipe shared with you from your Transplant Dietitian, Joan Diorio, RD.

Try out this pancake recipe

Why do I need… to complete my evaluation in 90 days?
By: Kristina Bryson, RN, CCTC, Transplant Coordinator

In order to be listed for a transplant, every patient must undergo a Transplant Evaluation. A transplant evaluation is a series of tests done to 1) ensure that the patient is in stable condition for active listing 2) make sure there are no medical and/or psychosocial issues that need treatment prior to active listing. A transplant evaluation may be very basic or very complex depending on the medical and social history of the individual.

Completing one’s evaluation in a 90-day period is optimal as it allows a patient to be actively listed very quickly, which in turn means the patient is available for organ offers at any time. It is also used by the transplant team to gauge a person’s interest in receiving a transplant. Typically, the longer it takes for someone to complete their testing, the more the Transplant Team becomes concerned about the person’s interest and compliance with the transplant process.

Save the date: Donor Dash 2019

Join Team Main Line Health on Sunday, April 14, 2019 for the annual Donor Dash Run and Walk. The popular annual event, which attracts more than 10,000 people from throughout the tri-state region, raises essential funds to educate the community about the need for more people to register as organ and tissue donors. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it is our largest and most visible event of the year.

Proceeds from the Donor Dash benefit the Transplant Foundation, the charitable foundation that supports programs and activities for donor and recipient families. These include the Gift of Life Family House and Team Philadelphia’s participation at the Donate Life Transplant Games of America.

For more information or to register as an organ and tissue donor, visit and join Team Main Line Health with Captain Cara Morasco.

Answer key to October 2018 Crossword puzzle (PDF)