Pediatric Heart Transplant Program
Primary Children's Medical Center is the only full-service pediatric tertiary care center between Denver and the West Coast. It serves a greater area than any other children's hospital in the United States. The philosophy at Primary Children's is manifest by its motto, "The Child First and Always." This commitment to children has not only endured through years of growth and specialization, but has intensified.
With this philosophy in mind, the Primary Children's Heart Center Transplant Program was established in February of 1988 as the pediatric arm of the Utah Transplantation Affiliated Hospitals Cardiac Transplant Program (U.T.A.H. Cardiac Transplant Program). Our goal is to provide children with end-stage heart disease an opportunity to meet two basic needs:
- To be active participating members of their family and community.
- To grow and develop, both emotionally and physically, with minimal, if any, limitation or restriction from heart disease.
The U.T.A.H. Cardiac Transplant Program is a consortium of transplant centers comprised of Intermountain Medical Center, George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center, University of Utah Health Care, and Primary Children’s Medical Center. Since 1985, the U.T.A.H. Cardiac Transplant Program has performed over 1,000 heart transplants at participating facilities.
The Primary Children's Heart Center transplant team is a multidisciplinary team comprised of thoracic surgeons, cardiologists, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, nurse coordinators, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians and financial counselors. We also collaborate with many other pediatric subspecialists, clinical specialists, and support services as indicated.