The decision to become an organ donor is not an easy one. But did you know that one organ and tissue donor can help more than 50 people?
Learn more in this short video, produced by Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital in Spokane, Washington. You'll meet real people in our community who have benefitted from the most generous gift of all - The Gift of Life.
The Kidney Transplant Program is part of a multi-organ transplant center at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital that has provided the option of transplantation as treatment for end-stage renal disease since 1981. More than 1,000 patients have received kidney transplants at Sacred Heart.
Along with long-term care and guidance of kidney transplant patients, we provide follow up care for liver and pancreas patients. The Program is a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and certified by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).
The Kidney Transplant Program at Sacred Heart is committed to:
- Offering kidney transplantation as a treatment option for all patients with end-stage renal disease, regardless of race, religion, culture, socioeconomic status or source of referral.
- Providing excellence in all aspects of care for candidates, recipients and living donors, including education, evaluation, preparation for transplant, transplant surgery and long-term support and follow-up after transplant.
- Collaborating with the patients extended health care team to assure continuity of care.
Are you a candidate for transplant?
Kidney Transplant candidates are those:
- Diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease, usually signified by the starting of peritoneal or hemodialysis. Some may be eligible for transplant before starting dialysis.
- At least 10 years of age. There is no firm upper age limit. General health status must be considered.
- Of fair health, with no active infections or other major medical problems.
- Who have no contraindications: certain malignancies, liver, or heart disease.
- Are socially responsible and compliant with medical treatment.
Candidate referrals are accepted from physicians throughout the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon, as well as physicians from outside this service area. Patient self-referrals are also accepted.
Contact us at (509) 474-4500 or toll free, (800) 667-0502.
A Transplant Coordinator will work with you to arrange for your transplant education, the various tests for evaluation, and appointments with our transplant nephrologist, surgeon, and psychologist.
If you evaluation shows you are a good transplant candidate, you will become eligible to receive a kidney transplant.