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Transplant House announcement helps to commemorates 40 years of patient care

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 14, 2013 - The Florida Hospital Transplant Institute performed its first kidney transplant in 1973. Forty years later the institute continues its successful kidney transplant program, in addition to performing pancreas, liver, lung, and heart transplants, as well as inserting Ventricular Assisted Devices (VAD) to support patients with severe heart failure. By the end of this year, the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute will have performed nearly 4, 000 transplants.

One of the ways the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute will commemorate these four decades of caring for the transplant needs of Central Florida is by announcing the development of a Transplant House located at Florida Hospital Orlando. The Transplant House will be a "home away from home" for patients and family members during treatment and recovery. The three-floor house will provide 18 private rooms with a variety of common spaces including a fitness center, laundry facility and kitchen. The Transplant House will provide affordable accommodations to help relieve the financial burden on families going through the transplant process.

"One third of our transplant patients drive 50 minutes or more to receive care at the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute, " said Eric Stevens, Florida Hospital Orlando vice president. "A house of this kind will allow these families to stay close to their loved ones and gain support from families in a similar situation at a cost they can afford."

One family knows how hard it is to make those long drives for care. The Fadden family lives in Brevard County and has commuted to and from Florida Hospital in Orlando for several years.

"I was diagnosed with Alports Syndrome, which eventually leads to kidney failure and when I turned 20, my kidneys started to fail, " said 21-year-old Kurt Fadden. "I was lucky enough to have a supportive family whose work schedules allowed for them to travel back and forth more easily. I can see how it would be very difficult on most families to travel for all the treatments, the surgery and post-surgery care needed for transplant patients."

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