The kidney transplant program at Riverside Community Hospital provides patients with end-stage renal disease access to a dedicated team of experienced transplant surgeons who focus exclusively on kidney and kidney-pancreas transplants.

Our transplant surgeons specialize specifically in performing living and deceased transplant surgeries, including adult and kidney pancreas transplant.

To learn more about kidney transplant surgery and our services, please call our free, 24-hour Ask a Nurse line.

At Riverside Community Hospital, our kidney transplant program offers:

  • A coordinator-to-patient ratio to that ensures you receive the individual attention you need and deserve.
  • The ability to work closely with your referring physician so they have an integral role in the transplant process.
  • A dedicated living donor team to help you and your potential donor get transplanted quickly.
  • A convenient location which avoids downtown construction and traffic.

Kidney transplant team

We understand the challenges patients and families face when they or their loved one receives a diagnosis for kidney or renal failure and are in need of transplantation. We also understand going through the surgery process can be overwhelming. That's why our specialized team is made up of transplant experts who can help you throughout the process, including:

  • Transplant surgeons
  • Transplant nephrologists
  • Transplant administrators
  • Transplant coordinators
  • Transplant financial coordinators
  • Transplant dietitians
  • Transplant pharmacists
  • Transplant social workers
  • Independent living donor advocates

Kidney transplant application

Candidates who are seeking a kidney transplant will first be required to complete a Riverside Community Hospital transplant application.

Most patients with kidney disease are referred to our program by a nephrologist or dialysis center. Many others choose to initiate the transplant process by downloading the transplant application or calling (951) 786-5550.

After completing the application process, insurance will be verified and then our transplant team will contact the candidate to begin the clinical work-up process.

Kidney transplant process

All of your pre-transplant tests can be arranged for you to receive at Riverside Community Hospital or you can get the standard medical tests at another hospital or doctor's office if you prefer. In some cases, your insurer may not cover some of these tests unless you arrange for them through your primary care doctor.

During this process, you will be required to come to Riverside Community Hospital for certain evaluations, such as:

  • Your meeting with the transplant surgeon and transplant coordinator
  • Your evaluation by the transplant social worker
  • Your meeting with the transplant financial coordinator

Being evaluated for kidney transplant

All of your test and evaluations that you will be having at Riverside Community Hospital will be set up by your transplant coordinator. If you are coming from out of town and are in need of assistance with finding hotel accommodations during your visit, your transplant coordinator is there to help.

Once testing and evaluations are complete, the transplant surgeon and the rest of the transplant team review the results. Together, the team decides whether a transplant is the best treatment for you.

Preparing for your kidney transplant

As our team prepares you for your surgery, patients will be asked to address certain health issues before we will consider them for a transplant. In some cases for example, a patient may first need to lose weight or quit smoking to help ensure the transplant is safe and successful. Our team of compassionate staff are here to guide and support you each step of your way through your transplant journey.

Financing your kidney transplant

Our transplant financial coordinator is an expert on insurance issues and can help you find a way to pay for your operation, tests and medications. The coordinator will check whether your current insurance covers all the costs of a transplant. If you don't have insurance, the coordinator will help you find an appropriate plan.