TAMPA -- Tampa General Hospital on Friday opened its first house for newly discharged transplant patients, who otherwise would have to drive long distances or stay in hotels to make frequent visits for checkups and testing.
Hospital officials say they've long needed a nearby temporary residence for the busy transplant program, which attracts patients from all over the country. "This has taken many years to develop," said Maureen Ogden, vice president of cardiovascular and transplant services.
The newly renovated three-bedroom home at 18 Columbia Drive is less than a block away from the hospital. It is one of two Davis Islands houses that TGH purchased in 2012. Renovation on the other home, at 34 Columbia Drive, begins in May.
Three patients, plus their caregivers, can stay in the home at any one time. Their time there can vary from a few weeks to months. The hospital foundation raised more than $1 million to fund the renovations to both homes.