Tampa General Hospital To Open Its First Transplant House

Published: Feb 14, 2014
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February 14, 2014 ( Tampa, FL ) - Tampa General’s first Transplant House is set to open next week. It is located at 18 Columbia Drive across the street from the hospital’s main campus. It will serve as a “home away from home” for outpatient transplant and Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) patients who must travel long distances for treatment, checkups, and testing at the hospital. “Newly transplanted patients can have follow-up visits two to three times a week during the first few weeks post discharge,” said Sjonne Mabbott, manager of Regulatory Compliance for Transplant Services. Having the house close to the hospital campus will provide convenient access to TGH’s transplant outpatient services, she said. The Transplant House accommodates six adults and features three bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, two living room areas, a kitchen and dining room, and a screened porch. Bedrooms have two beds, so a family member or caregiver can also stay. The hospital also owns a second Transplant House at 34 Columbia Drive. Renovation work on it begins in May. “A transplant house has been a need within our transplant community for a long time,” said transplant surgeon Victor Bowers, MD. “A big ‘thank you’ to the Tampa General Hospital Foundation for taking this project to completion.” Through a year-long campaign, the Foundation raised more than $1-million to fund renovations to both houses and other transplant-related programs. Employees contributed $40,000 of that with the remaining donated by community donors. “The TGH transplant program's national reputation, combined with a compelling opportunity to help those in need, resonated strongly with our many generous donors,” said Drew Graham, ex-officio of the Foundation’s Executive Committee, who led the campaign.