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Celebrating 40 Years of Kidney Transplant Excellence

This video highlights our success over the last 40 years. Read the full 40th Anniversary Kidney Transplant report >

Mercy Health Saint Mary's is home to West Michigan's most experienced kidney transplant team. The Kidney Transplant Program was established in 1973 and has regularly had the highest success rates in the state. Our specialists have performed more than 2,000 kidney transplants using both live donor and procured kidneys and in recent years have averaged between 80 to 90 transplants annually. Our multidisciplinary team includes 15 full-and part-time staff members, two nephrologists, a physician assistant and four transplant surgeons. We have become one of the largest and most successful community hospital-based kidney transplant programs in the country.

Our program earned the 2011 Patient Provider of the Year Award from the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan for the number of successful transplants performed, excellence and quality of care, programmatic updates and continuous improvements, updated and latest technology and, most importantly, for making a difference saving lives.

Remarkable advances in kidney transplantation enable us to offer our patients encouragement and hope. One of the latest technological innovations, laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy, has created more opportunities for live kidney donation at Mercy Health Saint Mary's.

Kidney transplantation is a treatment option for people with end-stage kidney disease. The average length of time for a kidney transplant to function is about 12 to 15 years from a living donor, and 10 years from a deceased donor. Mercy Health Saint Mary's has two patients who still have functioning kidneys that they received 40 years ago.

We are the only Grand Rapids hospital that offers this service for adult patients.
To find out more, call us at 800-968-1770.

The Kidney Transplant Journey on Twitter

twitter.png Mercy Health live tweeted a kidney transplant from donor to recipient on August 19, 2013.

Read the full journey from our Twitter feed > (follow us on Twitter: @mercyhealthwm

Honored for Our Work with Organ Registry

Mercy Health Saint Mary's kidney transplant program celebrated two milestones on October 30, 2013: a state award for signing up organ donors and the completion of its 2,000th kidney transplant. Mercy Health Saint Mary's leads Michigan hospitals in adding names to organ donor registry. Read the story >