Heart transplant

Feel certain you’re getting the best care with a second opinion at Spectrum Health.

Woman with glasses

When your heart disease stops responding to other treatments, Spectrum Health is here to help. Stay close to home while receiving exceptional, personalized care from transplant specialists in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Your heart transplant partner

Trust the experience of Spectrum Health—we’ve performed more than 180 heart transplants since 2010.

When you choose the Spectrum Health Richard DeVos Heart Transplant Program, you gain access to care and services not available at other health systems. We offer:

  • Experienced, highly-trained transplant surgical team
  • Faster evaluation process
  • Innovative Sherpa Pak™ Cardiac Transport System to maintain your donor heart’s temperature and function to increase your chance of successful transplant
  • Latest transplantation techniques
  • Less-invasive post-transplant blood test to detect your likelihood of rejection
  • Outstanding short- and long-term patient survival rates
Chart of heart transplant outcomes

Receiving a heart transplant

Am I a candidate?
close icon

If you have advanced heart failure that’s no longer helped by other treatments, you may be a candidate for advanced therapies such as a VAD or Heart Transplant.

Contact us if you: 

  • Have heart failure symptoms even at rest 
  • Feel unsure of a recommended heart treatment plan 
  • Need a second opinion—each transplant programs uses different criteria to assess your candidacy 
  • Are on a heart waiting list at another transplant center and want to be listed at Spectrum Health too (multiple listing)
Evaluation and pretransplant care
close icon

Partner with our specialists to learn whether advanced therapies such as a VAD or Heart Transplant is the right treatment for you. During your evaluation in Grand Rapids, you’ll meet with members of our team and go through tests to help us learn more about your health.

Transplant surgery
close icon

Your transplant surgery takes place at Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids. There, your experienced transplant surgeon has support and assistance from a specialized care team. Expect heart transplantation to take 6 to 12 hours. Rely on a member of your team to keep your family up-to-date throughout your surgery.

Recovery and follow-up care
close icon

Enjoy long-term support and care from your Spectrum Health transplant team. We’ll help you recover after surgery and meet with you regularly for the rest of your life.

Financial guidance
close icon

We’ll help you navigate health insurance coverage and requirements, and understand your cost. Transplant is a lifelong financial commitment. There may be costs that your health insurance will not cover. These costs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Insurance deductibles
  • Medication co-pays
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Lodging
  • In-home support
  • Transportation

Transplant care team

Benefit from a collaborative team that treats you and your loved ones like family.

Transplant Physician

Transplant Physician

Manages your transplant care, tests and medications

Transplant Surgeon

Transplant Surgeon

Has special training to perform your transplant surgery

Transplant Coordinator

Transplant Coordinator

Answers your questions and helps schedule appointments

Social Worker

Social Worker

Helps you and your family cope with issues that arise during the transplant process


Palliative Care Physician

Helps relieve symptoms and improve your quality of life



Teaches you how to eat to before and after your transplant

Financial Coordinator

Financial Coordinator

Provides guidance on costs, insurance requirements and assistance programs

Heart transplant referrals


Contact our care navigator or make an appointment to discuss your health needs. 

Physician referral

Submit patient referral information through EpicCare Link, by calling our clinic directly, or through form submission. 

Nationally recognized transplant care

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital is recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center+ for adult heart transplants. So, you know you’ll get specialized care that’s safe, effective and cost-efficient.

Get a Second Opinion

Feel certain you’re getting the best care with a second opinion at Spectrum Health.