FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Lutheran Hospital announced Monday it has been approved to perform kidney transplants, making it the only Indiana location outside Indianapolis that offers the procedure.

The hospital’s newest transplant center will use infrastructure already in place for its heart transplant program and remodeled space for patients recovering from the operation. Lutheran also added two physicians to head its transplant team.

Hospital officials believe they will eventually perform 50 to 100 kidney transplants annually, and Lutheran will have a waiting list of 30 to 50 patients by the end of this year.

“This is an important development for patients who have until today logged hundreds, if not thousands, of miles seeking treatment for kidney disease,” said hospital CEO Tom Miller in a statement.

In addition to patients who will receive kidney transplants at Lutheran, nearly 300 patients who have received kidney transplants at centers in Indianapolis, Chicago and Cleveland, will also be cared for at this clinic, the hospital said.

The Indianapolis-based hospital network Clarian Health Partners also offers kidney transplants.

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