CEO comments in kidney transplant story update

Bob Spurck in office

Bob Spurck

The Austin Diagnostic CEO Bob Spurck commented in a follow-up to a local television investigation into kidney transplant waiting times.

Spurck was interviewed because of his experience as the former head of UMC Brackenridge. In 1972, he helped to open the region’s first transplant center.

The station’s investigation found that Austin patients wait an average of six years for a kidney transplant. According to the story, one reason for the wait is because Austin was never given status as an alternative local unit (ALU). Cities designated as ALU’s can give local patients preferred access to kidneys harvested in the area.

Spurck explained that Austin has tried for 20 years to gain status as an ALU, but was denied.

Watch the full investigation below: