Thanks to generous financial support from the Mary Lea Johnson Richards Institute Inc., we are able to provide exceptional patient care, as well as conduct clinical research into the latest technological advancements. With the Institute's support, the Center has become one of the foremost transplant facilities in the world, curing liver, pancreatic and kidney diseases, and developing new techniques in the treatment of Hepatitis B and C. In memory of his late wife, Martin Richards hosts an annual Red Ball, which also benefits the Center.
In addition to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, there is a dedicated Transplant Unit with hemodialysis capable beds, providing specialized care for transplant patients requiring intensive and step-down care. Nursing staff on the unit are trained in the care and evaluation of hepatic (liver) and renal (kidney) transplant patients. The operating room is staffed 24 hours per day, seven days. A team of anesthesiologists specializing in transplant surgery is available at all times. A Forbes article cites the great success of the program: "If your doctor says you may someday need, say, a liver transplant, your first step is to find a hospital with lots of experience, [and] good survival rates. At New York University Medical Center nearly 90% lived at least one year."