21st Annual UMC Transplant Picnic April 21

Katie Riley
April 9, 2001

UMC has held an annual picnic for patients who have undergone heart transplantation at the hospital for more than 20 years. The picnic is a place where former patients and their surgeons, nurses, case managers and social workers celebrate good health and renew bonds made in the long weeks at the hospital. Sixty to 100 people typically attend the event.

Nearly 600 patients have received heart transplants at University Medical Center since cardiac surgeon Jack Copeland performed the hospital's first on March 27, 1979. The program boasts a five-year survival rate of 78.7 percent for adult heart transplant patients and a 73.1 percent five-year survival rate for children.

This year's picnic will have a luau theme. Each family is asked to provide a side dish. UMC will provide hot dogs and hamburgers. Children's games and entertainment are planned. A group photo is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. RSVP to 790-4201.




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