The Brendan Tripp Elam Transplant Center
Determining where to send a child who may need an organ transplant should begin as early as possible in the disease process. Our experienced kidney, liver, and heart teams lead comprehensive treatment programs to manage disease and provide optimal outcomes for patients.
When children do need a transplant to survive, our team is there to help guide you through the process. With the development of the Brendan Tripp Elam Transplant Center, we have brought the expertise of our staff in each of our transplant programs together into a collaborative environment to further enhance care, advance research and improve outcomes.
The Heart Failure and Transplant Program provides care for patients who have heart failure, are preparing for heart transplant, or who have undergone heart transplant.
The Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Children's Mercy Kansas City provides a comprehensive approach to treating children with end-stage liver disease and/or failure.
Children's Mercy Kansas City operates the largest pediatric kidney transplant program in Missouri and Kansas and is a key component of the Division of Nephrology.
Thanks to a successful kidney transplant, Julio can enjoy his favorite hobbies like going to the park, riding his bike and playing soccer.
A transplant was the only treatment that could save Precious from chronic liver disease. Watch her story.
Hannah Mountz received the region's first pediatric heart transplant at Children's Mercy Hospital. Watch her amazing journey.
Many pediatric diseases that result in the need for transplantation have genetic origins. Children’s Mercy is home to the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine, the first such center in the world located in a children’s hospital. Advances in the Genome Center are allowing us to more accurately and quickly diagnose genetic diseases and begin treatment earlier.
Children’s Mercy is committed to finding safer, more effective medications for children. We offer the largest pediatric clinical pharmacology program in North America, with numerous staff double board-certified in clinical pharmacology and pediatric subspecialties. The knowledge gained from these programs helps us better understand the origins of many complex disorders and the needs of transplant patients who often require a lifetime of complex medication management.
The unique needs of hospitalized children go beyond highly specialized clinical care. Children’s Mercy provides comprehensive psychosocial support to address the unique needs of transplant patients. Transplant social workers play an important role in linking families to community resources and support, including developing plans to address financial needs. Psychologists on the transplant team are involved from start to finish to help children and their families successfully adapt to and cope with the significant life changes that come with a transplant. Children’s Mercy has one of the largest Child Life
staffs in the country to offer education, comfort and resources for patients and families.
In addition, we offer on-site school services for patients whose care leading up to and following transplant may require long hospital stays. During hospitalization, families may find respite in one of the nation’s first Ronald McDonald Family Rooms within the hospital or they may stay at one of the three Ronald McDonald Houses located adjacent to the hospital. This allows them to be close to their children and provide the physical and emotional support they require.
Organ Donation and Procurement
Our goal is to find an organ for every child who needs one. That is why we are committed supporters of organ donation. Children’s Mercy has twice been honored with the Organ Donation Medal of Honor by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, achieving greater than 95 percent authorization for organ donation. We also work closely with the Midwest Transplant Network, our federally certified organ procurement organization, to advocate for donation. We partner with them to educate families and provide information about organ transplantation.
Help Raise Awareness
You can help raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation by joining the donor registry at DonateLife.net and by sharing your decision with your family. You can also follow Midwest Transplant Network on social media and share informative posts with your social network.