Florida Hospital is gearing up to open a home for transplant patients.
The Bartch House at Florida Hospital in Orlando is expected to open soon. It will be a low-cost or free home away from home for organ transplant patients and their families.
The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients shows that Florida Hospital performed more than 500 organ transplants during the last year and a half period they track; most of those were kidney transplants.
Florida Hospital said the average transplant patient has 40 appointments and stays in the hospital for two to three weeks, but can sometimes stay for months. More than 200 patients in the last year traveled more than 50 miles to come to the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute.
And that’s where the 24-bed Bartch Transplant House comes in. It offers a low-cost, and sometimes free, place to stay. It also has a huge kitchen and laundry room to help patients save money there. Continue reading