Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device

Spectrum Health is the only health system in West Michigan to perform heart transplants. Since 2010, the surgical team within the Richard DeVos Heart & Lung Transplant Program has performed more than 100 transplants. The Spectrum Health Richard DeVos Heart & Lung Transplant Program means access to a program with top survival outcomes, innovative research, personal transplant coordinators and rapid clinical evaluations. To make an appointment for a heart transplant or ventricular assist device evaluation or refer a patient to our program please use the contact information below.

Referrals and Consultations


Outpatient Transfers

Call 616.391.2802.

Inpatient Transfers

Call Spectrum Health Direct: 888.936.0005.

Referral Guidelines

When a patient has developed one or more NYHA stage D criteria:

  • Persistent significant symptoms
  • Unable to walk on a level surface without stopping
  • Recurrent emergency department or unscheduled clinic visits for heart failure (>2 in the past year)
  • Unable to tolerate or need to be removed from HF therapy (ACEI, ARB, beta blocker)
  • Renal insufficiency or hyponatremia
  • Need for intermittent or continuous inotropes
  • Recurrent hospitalization for heart failure (>2 in past year)
  • Abnormal hemodynamics (low cardiac output, elevated pulmonary pressures or persistent volume overload)
  • Need for high diuretic doses (80 mg or greater of furosemide or equivalent)
  • Unexplained weight loss (cardiac cachexia)