Facts and Figures
Organ Procurement Transplantation Network, April 17, 2012
Within the last ten years, over 7,400 solid organ transplants have been performed at six Texas Medical Center transplant centers, with 887 completed in 2011 alone. As this number continues to grow, so does the need for a hospitality facility like Nora’s Home.
Nora’s Gift Foundation surveyed more than 300 patients and found that more than one in five live 100 miles or further from
Only 10% of those traveling long distances for transplant had any assistance with the cost of lodging from insurance or any other source. Just one of 68 out of town families were utilizing an existing hospitality program.
Nora’s Home will offer an affordable lodging option.
The average wait for lodging in existing hospitality programs in
Nora’s Home will shorten that wait for transplant patients.
There is no hospitality house in
Nora’s Home is the first.
We estimate that more than 700 patients and families per year travel more than 100 miles to Houston for transplant surgery or are awaiting an organ match. This number is multiplied many times over for those coming for transplant evaluation and post-transplant follow-up care.
Two-thirds of all personal bankruptcies are related to medical bills. This number has increased by 50% since 2001. Three-quarters of these families had health insurance when the bankrupting illness began.
Nora’s Home will help reduce the enormous expense incurred by patients undergoing transplant care.
Studies show separation from one’s support network adds stress and can adversely impact the outcome of a transplant.
Nora’s Home can provide a temporary support system for a patient and his or her family.
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