GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Every year, U.S. News and World Report releases a ranking of best children’s hospitals in the nation. For the fifth year in a row, Grand Rapids’ Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has ranked on this list of 50 hospitals. The Pediatric Nephrology Program has been recognized each of the five years, demonstrating an ongoing excellence in diagnosing and treating kids with kidney problems.

The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital nephrology program is special because it offers an individualized, multidisciplinary approach to care.  It is the largest pediatric nephrology and kidney transplant program in West Michigan, offering every kind of kidney care including dialysis and transplant.

The nephrology program sees more than 3,800 children on an outpatient basis and more than 2,500 inpatients annually. In the past 10 years, it has successfully completed 43 kidney transplants.

The nephrology program treats:

• Kidney stones
• Polycystic kidney disease
• Hypertension
• Lupus
• Also treat rare conditions, like tuberous sclerosis complex

Treatment for rare conditions like Tuberous Sclerosis Complex is another thing that sets the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital program apart. Tuberous Sclerosis causes benign growths called tubers to form on different body organs (eyes, brain, kidneys, heart, skin, lungs). It is usually recognized when the child begins to have seizures or shows developmental delays and it can lead to kidney failure. Treatment plans feature preventative medication for the seizures, addressing skin conditions, removal of tumors, and managing other symptoms such as high blood pressure.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has one of the nation’s largest Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) clinics, which is a collaboration with pediatric and adult nephrology, neurology, and urology. It is certified by the TSC Alliance.

Pediatric Nephrology
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
35 Michigan Street NE, Suite 3003
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 267-2400