The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC, US, has announced the launch of The GW Kidney Transplant Institute in 2013.

The GW Kidney Transplant Institute is expected to carry out all aspects of the kidney donation and transplant process, from early evaluations to surgical procedures to after-care.

The hospital, which is at present embarking on all regulatory and process approvals, will perform transplants from both live and deceased donors.

George Washington University Hospital CEO and managing director Barry Wolfman said the establishment of a kidney transplant programme is another step in the continued growth and development of the hospital.

"The objective is to ensure ready access to the level of care most appropriate to the patient’s needs within a system of total patient care."

"We believe GW Hospital is uniquely positioned to provide the comprehensive care and speciality services required to care for transplant surgery patients; as well as establish GW as a leader among academic medical centres," Wolfman added.

The GW Hospital will appoint a surgical director of the transplant surgery to work with hospital administration and the medical staff in providing quality care and achieving high patient outcomes.

Several patients in the District of Columbia are awaiting kidney transplants but only 4% of hospitals in the nation are offering transplant services, according to GW Hospital.

GW Hospital division of renal disease and hypertension director Dominic Raj, who will serve as director of transplant medical services, said GW Hospital is embarking on a journey to provide renal disease services to all residents in the District of Columbia and the metropolitan region.

"The objective is to ensure ready access to the level of care most appropriate to the patient’s needs within a system of total patient care," Raj added.