The Mercy Regional Kidney Institute
The incidence of end-stage renal disease in our region continues to grow by 10% annually, and in Muskegon County alone, that rate is 34% above the Michigan average. In response to what we saw as a growing problem in our community, we developed the Mercy Regional Kidney Institute.
The institute provides comprehensive renal and nephrology expertise, and our activities focus on:
- Improving diagnostics for all, but particularly the elderly
- Increasing the life expectancy of those at risk before problems arise
- Providing dialysis services
Physicians, qualified staff, accessible facilities and comprehensive services geared to individual patients are trademarks of the Institute. A key priority is providing information — particularly educating the public about lifestyle changes that can prevent the need for renal services.
- Inpatient nephrology
- Acute and outpatient hemodialysis
- Peritoneal dialysis
- Intra-dialytic parenteral nutrition (IDPN) supplement services
A five-station satellite unit in Ludington opened in 1995 in conjunction with Memorial Medical Center. In January of 1997, the Institute celebrated the opening of a 12-station outpatient hemodialysis center in Grand Haven.
In addition to dialysis services provided by Gambro Healthcare at sites in Muskegon, Grand Haven and Ludington, the Mercy Regional Kidney Institute operates a mobile unit with a team of specialists who provide dialysis services to patients at other hospitals in an area that spans from Holland to Ludington.
Since Mercy Health Partners is a member of Mercy Health, patients also have access to the Kidney Transplant Program at Saint Mary's Healthcare in Grand Rapids.