FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2021
Temple Health and Bioscience District Approves Additional Funding for Amy’s House
Temple’s nonprofit receives $11,250 grant to continue serving central Texas transplant surgery patients and their families
TEMPLE, TEXAS – 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 & White Medical Center – Temple 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, specifically Baylor Scott & White’s transplant department.
So far this year, from January 4 to March 2, Amy’s House has provided a total of 41 nights of stay for 13 total patients and caregivers, with each guest staying an average of six nights. The need is great. Patients come in from all over Texas to be cared for by Baylor Scott & White Transplant Center – Temple. So far in 2021, guests of Amy’s House have driven an average of 118 miles to see providers and stay at the facility.
“As our patients travel throughout Texas and beyond to receive organ transplants, they often spend days or weeks away from home. With Amy’s House nearby, our transplant patients at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple have additional support and a place to heal immediately after surgery,” said Debra K. Doherty, MD, surgical director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program, Baylor Scott & White – Temple Region. “Thanks to the generosity of those who are helping with this project, several patients have already taken advantage of Amy’s House and have commented how wonderful it is to have a home away from home – allowing them to focus on getting well.”
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. Amy’s House resides at the corner of Avenue U and South 15th Street, near Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple.
“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.”
Like other transplant centers across the country, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple’s transplant department continues to grow and expand to meet the growing demand for organ transplants nationwide. The department had 840 referrals and 138 transplants in 2020, of which 127 were kidney and pancreas, and 12 were living donor transplants. The department has set a goal of 165 transplants in 2021. A majority of the transplant patients served by the team at Baylor Scott & White – Temple are from low socio-economic families, and more than 60 percent live more than 50 miles from the hospital.
The mission of Amy’s House is to provide in their eight-bedroom hospitality house affordable temporary housing for as many of these Baylor Scott & White organ transplant patients and their caregivers as possible. Amy’s House welcomed its first guest on January 4, 2021 and has the capacity for eight patients and their families at one time.
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.
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 THBD and its impact on the community.
ABOUT BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE HEALTH
As the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health promotes the health and well-being of every individual, family and community it serves. An integrated care delivery network, the system includes the Scott and White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,100 access points including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care, throughout Texas, and via virtual touchpoints. If its service area were a state, it would be the eighth largest, providing care to a population larger than that of the state of Georgia. Founded as a Christian ministry of healing, Baylor Scott & White is proud to honor its century-long legacy through its commitment to improving accessibility, affordability and the customer experience for all. For more information, visit BSWHealth.com.
ABOUT TEMPLE HEALTH & BIOSCIENCE DISTRICT
Temple Health and Bioscience District (THBD) grows twenty-first century jobs by fostering life science education, innovation, and healthcare in central Texas. A taxpayer-funded nonprofit and only one of its kind in Texas, THBD was created by legislation to support the economic development of central Texas’ growing health corridor. To learn more, visit TempleBioScience.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @TempleHBD.