The Intermountain Transplant Center programs began in 1983 when the first kidney transplant was performed at LDS Hospital.
The success of this and the many kidney transplants that followed led to the addition of a liver and pancreas transplant program in 1986. The Utah Transplantation Affiliated Hospitals (U.T.A.H.) performed their first heart transplant shortly before that. Since that time, over 4,000 patients have received transplants (including 1,000 heart transplants) at our institutions, where we continue to maintain excellent patient and graft survival rates comparable to national outcomes.
Over the years Intermountain Medical Center transplant physicians have continually sought innovative techniques to increase the number of organs available to their patients. We were among the first programs in the nation to recognize the feasibility of using subgroup A2 donor organs for transplanting patients of other blood types.
Our program was the first to initiate a Good Samaritan Kidney Donation program in Utah as well as the first to implement a Deceased Cardiac Death Donation protocol in the region. The end result has been shorter wait times for recipients as compared to other programs across the country.
Intermountain Medical Center’s Transplant Program has remained a leader in the field of organ transplantation for more than 25 years because of our unique ability to provide excellent patient care before, during, and after surgery. This is due to a coordinated effort from our team here at Intermountain Medical Center that is comprised of social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists, nurses, transplant coordinators, hepatologists, nephrologists, and surgeons. It is this transplant family that is committed to the caring of our patients and doing it well.