Facts and Figures

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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.

style-h3Nora’s Gift Foundation surveyed more than 300 patients and found that more than one in five live 100 miles or further from Houston. One-third of these travel from outside Texas.

These are the patients that Nora’s Home will serve.

style-h3Only 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.

style-h3The average wait for lodging in existing hospitality programs in Houston is six to 12 weeks.

Nora’s Home will shorten that wait for transplant patients.

style-h3There is no hospitality house in Houston specializing in the care of transplant patients.

Nora’s Home is the first.

style-h3We 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.

Nora’s Home will welcome both in-patient and out-patient transplant patients and their families for admission.

style-h3Two-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.

style-h3Studies 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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