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

Kidney Transplant Evaluation

Our kidney transplant team relies on the following consultations and tests to assess your overall health.

The initial evaluation consultations consist of:

  • Transplant education.
  • Medical evaluation by a nephrologist.
  • Psychosocial evaluation.
  • Financial 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 kidney transplant evaluation appointment you will 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, and discusses medications you will take after your kidney transplant.

Finally, you will meet with a kidney transplant 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 go on the list to receive a kidney transplant.

Once the evaluation is complete, the patient’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 listing, require additional information prior to making a decision, or determine that the patient is not a candidate for transplantation. The patient, referring physician, and dialysis unit (if applicable) will receive letters notifying of the committee’s decision.

Once a patient has been approved for transplant listing, insurance authorization will be obtained if needed prior to being placed on the national transplant waiting list.