Generous gifts from a number of donors have helped to enhance the patient experience at the UAB Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Clinic. According to Robert S. Gaston, M.D., medical director of kidney and pancreas transplant at UAB and co-director of UAB’s Comprehensive Transplant Institute (CTI), “the gifts given by patients, families, and physicians alike have made the facility friendlier and impart a sense of the incredible tradition of transplantation at UAB. Seeing the plaques with the names of so many grateful patients who have benefited from the care and knowledge they received in our programs must be comforting to those facing these same challenges for the first time.”
During this time, Becnel was introduced to Arnold G. Diethelm, M.D., who served as chairman of the UAB Department of Surgery from 1982 to 1999 and was instrumental in developing UAB’s internationally recognized transplantation program. The two remained friends after Becnel’s successful transplant surgery, and when the time came to form a patient advisory committee to consult on the design of the new clinic, Becnel was asked to be on the committee. “My wife and I decided to give to the reception area at the new clinic,” Becnel says. “It’s the first area that patients encounter, and we want to help them to have as comfortable an experience as possible.”
According to Roslyn B. Mannon, M.D., director of research for CTI, the naming of the treatment rooms is an apt tribute to the legacies of Drs. Julian and Curtis. “Dr. Curtis made outstanding contributions in the field of transplant nephrology and mentored a significant number of highly successful physicians who have gone on to direct transplant programs or are internationally recognized leaders in transplantation. Dr. Julian has trained many nephrology fellows over the course of his years at UAB and is someone I continue to look up to in terms of being the ‘triple threat’—clinician, scientist, and educator. He sets an incredibly positive example to trainees and junior faculty.”
Gaston says philanthropy was key to making the new Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Clinic the patient-centered experience it is today. “Though UAB will always be committed to providing state-of-the-art transplant services regardless, philanthropy not only has made the clinic more aesthetically pleasing, but also has enabled recruiting and retention of top-notch physicians now working here. For the future, gifts have facilitated training of new transplant physicians and surgeons, and funded four key research projects that may translate into better clinical care for our patients.”
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The Gift of Art
|James Emack Jr., Henrietta Emack, Susan Emack Alison, and Anne Emack Couch|
“After years of UAB’s excellent care of our husband and father, our family is honored to share this cheery yet serene work of art to greet all of the patients and caregivers who enter the transplant clinic’s doors,” says Susan Alison, daughter of Mr. Emack. “The work is titled ‘Clearing the Morning,’ and we think it not only represents Daddy’s sunny, charming spirit but also is fitting for the kind of optimism and peace we hope it brings everyone who views it.” The Emack family previously made a generous gift to sustain and advance the research efforts of the UAB Division of Transplantation Surgery in honor of Mr. Emack.