Goal: $5 Million Capital Project
The Transplant House at Florida Hospital will be a “home away from home” for patients who are in the Orlando area for organ, bone marrow or other transplants. A transplant house is not a medical facility. It is a caring environment that offers high quality, affordable accommodations for patients and their adult family members/caregivers. In addition to physical housing, the House will offer hospitality, compassion and hope to support the healing journey for the patient and family. The support will be provided by a small core staff, many volunteers and through interaction between other families facing the same challenges.
The Transplant House will be designed to offer both private and community space. The facilities will foster and support independence by providing shared kitchen and laundry facilities. Each guest will have a private room but may share a number of common areas where they can interact with the other guests. The common areas will allow families to join together and build bonds as they work through this challenging time, building support through one another. Financial need is not a factor for patients and families staying at the Transplant House. Families who have the means to do so will be asked to donate $25 per night, but for those who can’t afford this, the donation fee will be waived.
The Transplant House will enable Florida Hospital to continue to provide quality care throughout the entire transplant process, allowing patients and their families to have the best opportunity for a successful long term outcome.
HEART AND LUNG TRANSPLANT PATIENT ASSISTANCE
Goal: $250,000/Transplant, $4.5 Million Total
The heart and lung transplant programs at Florida Hospital were just established in 2012. Before the transplant center can obtain CMS approval, it needs to perform 8 more heart transplants (2 have been completed so far) and 10 lung transplants with good survival outcomes. Often insurance companies do not offer the same coverage to patients at a center before it obtains CMS approval, leaving higher out-of-pocket costs for the patient or greater costs for the hospital to absorb in its first year or so of the new transplant program.
The Transplant Institute estimates that each heart or lung transplant case will require $250,000 of funding to help bridge the coverage gap for patients until it can report its cases and outcomes to CMS and obtain approval.
A gift toward this program will directly impact the ability of a patient to afford a life-saving heart or lung transplant.
STAFF AND PROGRAM EXPANSION
Goal: $2.25 Million
In February 2011, the Florida Hospital Transplant Center outpatient clinic and administrative offices moved into a new medical office building on the Florida Hospital Orlando campus. This new space included 30,000 square feet of purpose-built space for transplant center staff and patients. All outpatient clinic visits are held here among 18 new exam rooms. Clinic volume continues to follow a rapid growth pattern, and we will soon need to expand to a currently empty portion of the medical office building. This shell, approximately 6,000 square feet, would allow for more clinic space, office space and lab space and would require a capital donation of $2 million to build out.
For all transplants combined (heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, and liver) the clinic will provide approximately 10,800 patient visits this year. Our new heart and lung programs alone expect more than 415 visits annually and our team of Hepatology experts see between 350 - 400 patients each month. Our current limited staff and space are overwhelmed by the exceptional growth in referrals. The need to grow beyond our current Clinic is a challenge we are embracing as it signals our programs’ success. In order to expand our clinic to meet the extraordinary demand for advanced comprehensive care, we need community support to relieve the increasing volume in both pre- and post- transplant programs and to ensure there is never a delay in patient care.
In addition to expanding physical capacity, the transplant center would like to further improve our program reach for patients to include two new staff positions and a new electronic patient tracking system. The patient tracking system would allow our center to track patients as they move from our outpatient clinic, to inpatient rooms, CT scan, etc. wherever the patient is located in the hospital to improve our patient flow and patient experience. The additional FTEs would allow us to hire an IT staff member dedicated to improving referring physician access to our patient records and communication with these referring physician offices so that every physician involved in the care of transplant patients is working together to improve outcomes. The second FTE position would be a clinical coordinator and educator to ensure that all transplant center staff is abreast of the latest medical trends and clinical research available to improve patient care and outcomes. The patient tracking system and two staff positions would require $250,000.