On Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, the board of Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD), the nonprofit, city-supported life science facility, approved an $11,250 grant to support Amy’s House, a hospitality house for transplant patients and their caregivers.
“Everything we can do to support healthcare and help our community is a priority for Temple Health and Bioscience District.” shares Thomas Baird, Board Chairman of THBD. “We are very supportive and worked with City of Temple and Amy’s House from the beginning. They make the transplant process for families smoother. Amy’s House provides a place to stay so that patients and their families can focus on the hard parts of the transplant process. They support the success of Baylor Scott and White’s Medical Center and the transplant department and that is an initiative we support wholeheartedly.”
Amy’s House, sponsored by TRIO Central Texas, Transplant Recipients International Organization, provides temporary housing for transplant patients and their families at an affordable cost. The service Amy’s House provides supports the growth of the healthcare community in Central Texas.
This $11,250 grant will help the further development of the housing facility. THBD has supported Amy’s House since its inception. THBD provided funds to aid in the construction of Amy’s house, which resides at the corner of Avenue U and South 15th Street, near Baylor Scott & White medical center.
“We could not be more grateful to the Temple Health & Bioscience District for these additional funds,” said Amy’s House Executive Director Jim Fly. “It takes a community presence like Temple’s to make a nonprofit like ours operate successfully. We look forward to continuing to serve transplant patients and their families with your support.”
According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), more than 109,000 individuals were listed on the national transplant waiting list in September 2020. Nearly 40,000 transplants were conducted in the United States in 2019, but 17 people die in the country daily waiting for an organ transplant every day.
“We are proud to support Amy’s House,” says THBD Executive Director Tami Annable. “With the growing demand for organ transplants and the exceptional healthcare facilities in Temple provided by Baylor Scott & White, we are hopeful we can genuinely make a difference in patient outcomes across our community. This is a way we can make a difference and help local healthcare services become even more successful moving forward.”
To learn more about Amy’s House, sponsored by Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO) Central Texas, visit triocentraltexas.org/amyshouse. Visit templebioscience.org to learn more about the life science facility and its impact on the community.