May 20, 2016
Cohen Children’s Receives Preliminary Ok for Pediatric Kidney Transplant Unit
Cohen Children's Medical Center, part of Northwell Health, received preliminary approval from the state on Thursday to open a pediatric kidney transplant unit.
The approval from the state's public health and health planning council's committee on establishment and project review is only a first step. The full council, which meets in June, must still approve the request.
There were 37 pediatric kidney transplants in New York state last year and Cohen Children's officials told the state they expect to perform 11 transplants in the unit's first year and 15 by its third year.
Dr. Gary Kalkut, a member of the committee, expressed some disbelief that Cohen Children's could take nearly one-third of all cases in the state in one year.
"Not sure how one makes that projection," he said.
Mount Sinai and Stony Brook objected to the proposal, saying it would take away from their business, but health department officials said they were not concerned.
A pediatric kidney transplant unit would allow patients seeking care at Cohen Children's to remain in that health system, said Charles Abel, who represents the state health department.
Separately, Northwell Health announced a joint venture with DaVita Kidney Care to provide dialysis services to patients in Queens, Long Island and Staten Island. In the next five years, the joint venture is expected to serve 1,200 patients, according to a press release from Northwell Health.