Groundbreaking Ceremony Ushers in New Transplant House for Broward County

Over 200 individuals were on-site to kick off ceremony

History was made in Broward County on Monday, April 28, 2008, when ground was broken to pave the way for the first Transplant House medical facility in Broward County dedicated to the recovery of organ transplant patients. The groundbreaking ceremony took place at 1:00 p.m. at Broward Transplant House, -20 Southeast 14th Street in Fort Lauderdale, just north of Broward General Medical Center.

During a ceremony hosted by County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman and Transplant Foundation employees, anticipation prevailed for this new house. Broward General staff, community leaders from the Florida area, and organ transplant recipients were on-site to commemorate as several community organizations were honored for their contributions toward making this house a reality.

“I’ve waited a long time for this facility to be constructed,” noted Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman. “When I was Broward County Mayor in 2004, funds from the Mayor’s Gala were donated to the Transplant Foundation to build Transplant House Broward. This was a personal undertaking for me and I’m most proud that this project is underway.”

The special house, owned and operated by Transplant Foundation will provide important services needed for families and patients. This facility will provide a friendly and safe haven where patients and their families can comfortably reside during the months of pre-and post- transplant treatment.  The nearly 9,000-square-foot facility will provide 16 recovery suites, a library, break room, meditation garden, laundry room, outside sitting areas, a lounge area, TV room, and computer room.

More than $1.7 million has been allocated to the Transplant House through grants and donations. Completion of the house is expected for 2010.