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Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program

About Our Service

Patients in West Michigan are able to stay closer to home when they need treatment for the most serious heart and lung conditions.

Spectrum Health offers the only full-service advanced heart failure and ventricular assist device (VAD) program in the region. VADs do the work for hearts that are not strong enough to function on their own. These mechanical devices are often used by patients while they await a heart transplant, or sometimes provide a better quality of life and enable patients to avoid transplantation. Our Heart and Lung Specialized Care Clinics treat more than 1,300* patients each year.

Patients in need of a heart or lung transplant can rest assured that they have access to experts close to home. The Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program offers an experienced team that travels the transplant path with each patient, from evaluation and pre-operative care to surgery and follow-up care.

Services We Offer

  • Left Ventricle Assist Device (LVAD)

    This surgically-placed, battery operated pump takes over when congestive heart failure reaches end-stage heart failure. The lower left chamber of the heart is the main pumping chamber. The left ventricular assist device (LVAD) mechanically pumps the blood through this chamber.

  • Heart Transplant

    The Spectrum Health Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program brings outstanding transplant surgeons to you for life-saving heart transplant when all other options are no longer working.

  • Lung Transplant

    Spectrum Health Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program brings outstanding transplant surgeons to you for life-saving lung transplant when all other options have been exhausted.

  • Pediatric Kidney Transplant

    Our kidney transplantation team works closely with you to support the process and your child's health, every step of the way. Our innovative research program means state-of-the art care for every patient.