Gift of Hope Transplant Center

Memorial Medical Center Springfield

Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois is a hospital where exceeding the highest standard is always the standard. This 500-bed acute care hospital offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to communities in central Illinois. In addition, Memorial Medical Center is a teaching hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The hospital is part of the Memorial Medical Health System, a not-for-profit corporation offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient, home health, home hospice, behavioral health and primary care physician services. The hospital’s efforts to continually improve upon care has earned them national recognition including being the first hospital in Illinois to be honored with the American Hospital Association McKesson Quest for Quality Prize. Memorial Medical Center has also earned three consecutive Magnet® Designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for Nursing Excellence, an honor that only 3 percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned.

Organ transplant services are among the many specialties offered at Memorial Medical Center. Their Medicare-certified kidney transplant program was founded in 1972 by Dr. Alan Birtch, a professor emeritus of surgery at SIU School of Medicine. More 1,000 transplants have been performed at the hospital. The medical center is also able to evaluate live kidney donors interested in donating a kidney to those in need. The transplant team can accept both kidney and pancreas donations to be used to fill the needs of the more than 113,000 people on transplant waiting lists in the United States.

Memorial Medical Center partners with Gift of Hope, the federally designated, not-for-profit agency that coordinates organ and tissue donation and supports donor families in the northern three-quarters of Illinois and northwest Indiana. Gift of Hope works with 180 hospitals throughout this area to offer 34 different organ transplant programs. Through these partnerships with top-notch hospitals like Memorial Medical Center, Gift of Hope is able to offer life-enhancing and life-saving transplants to those who need it most. For more information about organ and tissue donations, visit

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