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Kidney Transplant Program

Mercy Health Saint Mary's in Grand Rapids, Michigan 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 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.

The Kidney Transplant Journey on Twitter

Mercy Health live tweeted a kidney transplant from donor to recipient on Monday, August 19, 2013.
Read the full journey from our Twitter feed > (follow us @mercyhealthwm) Twitter30px.png

Live Chat

Read a live chat on about who can be a living kidney donor and what's involved.

Powerful Story of Anonymous Living Donation

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.

Read the story with an emotional photo slideshow of their journey with their families >

Read the story featuring our program manager about how rare this match was >

Read the Holland Sentinel story >

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 >

Kidney Transplant Program Video