The Numbers, for the Record
Candidates on waiting list for kidneys for transplant (national) - Approximately 97,000
Kidney Transplants at Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic - Number of Kidney Transplants (as of June 30, 2013)
Rochester ( since 1963) - 4,822
Arizona (since 1999) - 1,974
Florida (since 2000) - 1,186
Kidney transplant patients at Mayo Clinic are cared for after surgery at special houses. The first, on the Rochester, Minn., campus was called the Gift of Life Transplant House.
Rochester businessman Ed Pompeian knew the personal difficulties of kidney transplants as he worked to create the Gift of Life Transplant House. He had undergone two transplants.
Pompeian envisioned a home-away-from-home atmosphere, to be shared by patients who needed a place to stay while at Mayo Clinic for transplant surgeries. The Gift of Life Transplant House opened in Rochester, Minn., in December 1984. In the past three decades it has expanded into the nation’s largest transplant house program with 84 rooms in two complexes.
A patient may be accompanied by one caregiver. The house offers common facilities that encourage interaction and support among guests. There is a minimal fee for staying at the house, easing the financial burdens on patients.
Similar residences at Mayo campuses in Florida and Arizona also welcome transplant patients.