Mercy Health Saint Mary's in Grand Rapids, Michigan is home to West Michigan's most experienced kidney transplant team. The Kidney Transplant Programwas established in 1973 and has regularly had the highest success rates in the state. Our specialists have performed 2,000 kidney transplants using both live donor and procured kidneys. Our multidisciplinary team includes 15 full-and part-time staff members, two nephrologists, a physician assistant and four transplant surgeons.
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 persons with end-stage kidney disease. The average length of time for a kidney transplant to function is about 15 years. Mercy Health Saint Mary's has three patients who still have functioning kidneys that they received 38 years ago.
We are the only Grand Rapids hospital that offers this service for adult patients. To find out more, call toll free 800-968-1770.
Sarah Farkas decided to donate her kidney to a man she met through her church. Duke Guy, 58, was diagnosed in 1982 with IgA nephropathy, a disease that damages the filtering units of the kidney. The disease progressed over the years until he went into kidney failure and was placed on the national transplant list. The successful transplant took place on January 13, 2014.
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 Mlive.com story >