ChristianaCare

All visitors are required to wear masks.

For COVID-19 safety, all visitors to ChristianaCare facilities and services are required to wear masks. This includes visitors who are vaccinated. Please read our visitor guidelines before arrival.

Masks required at outpatient locations; visitors and support persons limited

All visitors at outpatient locations must be masked in alignment with the masking guidelines on our visitation policy page here. Patients at ChristianaCare’s outpatient services are advised to come to their appointments alone unless a support person is absolutely needed. If a support person is needed, such as a parent, guardian or spokesperson, we highly encourage that the support person be vaccinated. Outpatient practices are not requiring vaccination or a negative COVID test for visitors at this time.

All hospital visitors required to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be 16 or older.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be 16 or older.
  • All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.

Before visiting, click here for more details about visitation.

Visit coronavirus.delaware.gov or cecilcountyhealth.org for local vaccination and testing sites.

Kidney Transplant Program

Donor Evaluation Process

Our living donor team relies on the following consultations and tests to assess your overall health.

The initial evaluation consultations consist of:

  • Living donor education.
  • Medical evaluation by a nephrologist.
  • Psychosocial evaluation.
  • Initial tests: Lab work (blood tests), X-ray and EKG.

The comprehensive testing consists of additional:

  • Cardiac studies.
  • Imaging studies.
  • As needed for some patients…standard health screenings, including colonoscopy, prostate screening, mammogram, Pap test and/or dental exam.

At your living donor evaluation appointment you might also meet with several other team members, including:

  • A social worker, who reviews your support system and insurance coverage.
  • A dietitian, who reviews your dietary habits and, if needed, helps you change them.
  • A financial analyst, who determines if you have any medically related financial challenges that need to be addressed.
  • A pharmacist, who reviews your allergy information and current medications.
  • An independent living donor advocate (a social worker), who will ensure the donor’s rights are protected and confirm this is a voluntary decision.

Finally, you will meet with a living donor coordinator, who becomes your point of contact with our program. The coordinator reviews your test results and helps to arrange further tests if needed. Once all the tests are complete, our team works as a committee to determine if you are a good candidate to donate a kidney.

Living Donor Evaluation Process

Once the evaluation is complete, the prospective donor’s chart will be reviewed by the physicians and multi-disciplinary team at the weekly selection committee meeting. The selection committee may approve the patient for donation, require additional information prior to making a decision, or determine that the patient is not a candidate for living donation.

Individuals interested in considering living donation should plan to invest up to five days of evaluations and testing over several weeks before the planning of the donor surgery.

If you are interested in being evaluated as a potential living donor, please contact our living donor program by calling 302-623-3866 to get the process started.