Memorial Medical Center performs 900th organ transplant

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SPRINGFIELD - Memorial Medical Center officials say the Alan G. Birtch, M.D., Center for Transplant Services performed its 900th organ transplant earlier this month.

Officials say an Urbana woman received a kidney transplant during the milestone procedure on June 10.  Surgical Director Dr. Marc Garfinkel says the organization is looking forward to its 1,000th procedure.

The transplant program was founded in 1972 by Dr. Alan G. Birtch.  The program is a cooperative initiative between Memorial Medical Center, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and Springfield Clinic.

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