St. Louis Business Journal
Mid-America Transplant Services plans to spend $250,000 to lease 10 single-family apartments for patients who need to relocate to the area with their families to undergo pre- and post-transplant procedures.
The apartments, which are offered at a discount, are located at the Highlands at Forest Park, an apartment complex with 200 units off Highway 40 on Oakland Avenue, adjacent to Mid-America Transplant Services’ offices. The apartments are fully furnished and include four one-bedroom units, four two-bedroom units, and two three-bedroom units. All the units come with private kitchens, bathrooms and laundry facilities, plus access to a fitness and wellness center.
Mid-America Transplant President and CEO Dean F. Kappel said four families already have moved into the units, and more families are expected to move in next month. He said he expects demand to exceed the amount of space available, and Mid-America is considering fundraising to either build a home for families or to rent more units.
Across the U.S. more than 120,000 men, women and children currently need lifesaving organ transplants, according to Donate Life America, a national nonprofit group that advocates for organ, eye and tissue donation.
Mid-America Transplant Services covers a broad range of services surrounding organ donation. For more than 35 years, the nonprofit has been the region’s organ and tissue procurement organization for eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, and northeast Arkansas. Mid-America and works with area hospitals to provide about 500 vital organs for transplant each year.