TGH houses for transplant patients ready by summer
DAVIS ISLANDS - Tampa General Hospital's two "transplant houses" on Davis Islands are expected to be available for use beginning this summer. The two properties adjacent to TGH's Davis Islands campus will allow transplant patients to leave the hospital but be close enough that medical care is available if needed. Each residence has three bedrooms, and TGH plans to rent each bedroom to a transplant patient and a family member or two. Work to renovate the houses into transplant houses will begin late this winter or in early spring, hospital spokesman John Dunn said.TGH is the only local hospital with a transplant center. Many patients travel long distances to get there. The transplant houses at 18 and 34 Columbia Drive were bought last year for $550,000 and $1.1 million, respectively. The hospital expects the houses will be occupied consistently. Last year TGH performed 500 transplants, including hearts, lungs, livers, kidneys and pancreases. Patients will stay for a week or two in the transplant houses, according to the hospital. Doctors won't visit, but patients won't have far to go to get help.
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