Mid-America Transplant to celebrate 100 guests of Family House

SPRINGFIELD NEWS-LEADER
Scott Holden. who received a lung transplant in 2014, and his wife Michelle and their two kids. The family from Springfield stayed in Mid-America Transplant's Family House while Scott was waiting for a transplant in 2014.(Photo: Submitted photo)
ST. LOUIS – Mid-America Transplant will mark an important milestone in the next couple weeks when the 100th transplant patient arrives as a guest of Family House. Opened in December 2013, Family House provides comfortable, safe, and affordable single-family apartment living to transplant patients and their families.

Scott Holden is a lung recipient from Springfield who stayed at Family House for post-transplant care after receiving his lifesaving gift in 2014 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Family House was designed to remove a barrier for transplant patients like Scott, who needed to reside closer to his transplant center after receiving his lifesaving gift.

Moving to a new city for at least three months of rehabilitation presents a challenge for some patients, especially those without the financial means to endure a lengthy hotel stay or monthly rent in addition to their mortgage. Family House eliminates that barrier by providing low or no-cost housing.

“People travel from all over the country to have a transplant here in St. Louis,” said Diane Brockmeier, president and CEO of Mid-America Transplant. “The opportunity for short and intermediate housing has always been a challenge for transplant patients needing to relocate from places like Springfield. We created Family House because it was important to Mid-America Transplant that those patients and their families had a comfortable, safe place that felt like they were going home for the evening.” Continue reading
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