A Message from Ron Waldridge II, M.D.: Jewish Hospital Transplant Care Celebrates Organ Donor Month


April is National Organ Donor Awareness Month. In celebration, the Jewish Hospital Transplant Care team is planning activities throughout the month to bring awareness to the importance of organ donation, as well as to commemorate the hospital’s 55th year of performing organ transplantation. In 2019, Jewish Hospital celebrates the 55th anniversary of the first kidney transplant, the 35th year of the first heart transplant, and the 20th year of the first hand transplant. Please join me in congratulating the physicians, nurses, transplant coordinators and staff of the Trager Transplant Center for the outstanding work they do on a daily basis to positively impact and transform the lives of our transplant patients.

Organ Donor Awareness Month Activities at Jewish Hospital

Friday, April 12: National Green and Blue Day

Wear green and blue to show your support of Organ Donor Awareness. Representatives from KODA (Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates) will have a table set up during the day in the Chestnut Street Lobby to educate employees and visitors about registering to be an organ donor. We will also have as our guest at 11 A.M. Safety Huddle, a transplant recipient who will speak about the transplant experience from a patient’s perspective. 

If you’re interested in purchasing merchandise from KODA/ Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life, visit:  http://www.shopdonorawareness.com

Tuesday, April 16: 55th Anniversary Celebration
To celebrate the 55th anniversary of organ transplantation at Jewish Hospital, we will be hosting a news conference at 1:30 P.M. in the Great Halls Conference Center followed by a reception for our transplant patients. Special guests who are scheduled to speak at the news conference include:

Christopher Jones, MD
Jewish Hospital Transplantation Program Director; Transplant Surgery Division Chief at University of Louisville Physicians – Transplantation Surgery and UofL School of Medicine

Shelley Snyder
Executive Director, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates

Jennifer Albright
Donor Mother of Trinity High School student, Davey Albright

Melanie Hughes
Transplant Recipient

Thursday, April 25: Kentucky Derby Festival Health Fair

Representatives from the Jewish Hospital Transplant Care team will join representatives from KODA/Trust for Life to promote organ donor awareness at the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Health Fair at Fourth Street Live!. The free health fair begins at 4 P.M. and features representatives from health care organizations throughout the community.  


Friday, April 26: Quilt Dedication and Sand Ceremony

We will be hosting a special ceremony at the Trager Transplant Center on Friday, April 26 at 2 P.M. During the ceremony, we will be dedicating a Donor Family Quilt which is a gift from KODA to the transplant center. The quilt will permanently be on display in the hallway outside the Trager Transplant Center lobby. We will also participate in a “sand ceremony.” KODA is gifting us a vase filled with sand by donor families. The sand represents the lost loved ones who became organ donors. Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served.

Monday, April 29: Jewish Hospital Shelbyville Women's Wellness Affair
This annual event in Shelbyville will feature Dr. Chris Jones as keynote speaker, and representatives from KODA will have a table set up to educate women about registering for organ donation. Today's Woman publisher, Cathy Zion, will be on hand to serve as event emcee. The event will be held at Claudia Sanders Dinner House from 5:30-8:30 P.M.

Tuesday, April 30: KDF Pegasus Preview Party Health Fair

Representatives from the Jewish Hospital Trager Transplant Center will join other KentuckyOne Health Louisville Region employees to host a health fair at the Kentucky Derby Festival’s annual Pegasus Preview Party. The event is scheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. In addition to transplant, other departments/areas to be featured and/or host screenings include: stroke care, wound care, Hep C, sports medicine urgent care, vascular care, heart care, Frazier Rehab, breast care and cancer prevention. The health fair will include the inflatable heart and inflatable colon.