UW Transplant Donation Aids Restoring Hope Transplant House

Restoring Hope Transplant HouseMADISON - The Restoring Hope Transplant House is much closer to realizing the dream of opening their doors to transplant recipients from across the country since learning of a $70,000 donation from the University of Wisconsin Division of Transplant Surgery.


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The donation follows one made by UW Hospital and Clinics, and brings executive director Cindy Herbst closer to the amount needed to begin renovating the 16-room Victorian house in Middleton.

"The transplant surgeons share Cindy's drive to see the Restoring Hope Transplant House open its doors," says Dr. Tony D'Alessandro, transplant surgeon and interim chair of UW Hospital's transplant program. "We know that our patients will benefit from the House's home-away-from-home atmosphere, and find it restful and healing. It's simply too important to our patients and their families for us not to support it as strongly as we can."

UW Health's program performs more than 400 organ transplants each year, including many that involve patients who must travel for pre- and post-surgical care. For the house, this latest donation represents a burst of important momentum for a project that began in 2006.

"Words really can't express how grateful we are to Dr. D'Alessandro and his colleagues for their deep generosity," Herbst says. "They've set a wonderful example for our community in supporting this urgent need, and I'm hopeful their kindness will also inspire others."

UW Hospital has one of the nation's largest and most successful organ and bone marrow transplant programs. Since the program's inception in 1966, UW transplant surgeons have performed more than 12,200 solid organ transplants.

Restoring Hope Transplant House is a non-profit organization governed by an independent board of directors.

Date Published: 08/24/2010

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