You’ve heard us talking a lot about the new facility that we have been planning and fundraising for over the past year – it’s what we’ve been raising money for and why we are holding the upcoming golf tournament. We’ve also just learned that our building has been named as finalist for Outstanding Medical Real Estate Project for D CEO’s 2019 Excellence in Healthcare Awards!
This state-of-the-art donor services facility will also become our new headquarters in Dallas and will feature operating rooms, an ICU, highly advanced equipment, and a Center of Excellence. Our new headquarters will ultimately move most organ and tissue recoveries in-house rather than in hospital operating rooms. The result will mean a more efficient process, more dedicated and compassionate environment for donor families, and room for expansion and innovation for our growing company. The 77,000-square-foot building located in the Midtown area of Dallas will be the first of its kind in this part of the country.
Since 1974, Southwest Transplant Alliance has been headquartered in Dallas, providing the gift of life through organ donation. What started as a small operation of only a few kidney transplants per year has transformed into an organization providing thousands of donated organs, eyes, and tissues to those in need each year. The organization has grown exponentially over the last decade, which is why we have such a need for this new facility where donation, innovation, and efficiency will lead to more lives saved.
Only nine of the 58 organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States have facilities where recovery of donated organs and tissues can occur in-house, and none in Texas or the Southwest area of the country. STA’s new facility will be a stunning building that is home to the leading edge in saving lives through transplantation, making Dallas the headquarters for industry innovation.
We are partnering with real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, architecture firm Corgan and Adolphson & Peterson Construction to ensure that we can bring administration, operations, donor management and recovery, and family support under one roof. Rather than coordinating multiple teams across dozens of hospitals, working around hospital OR availability, and managing countless specialists and providers, organ donors will be transported to the new facility. Streamlining the process of donation and centralizing operations will improve transportation for transplant surgeons, collaborations with partner hospitals, and ultimately, transplant outcomes.
The impact of STA’s new facility will be immense for transplant surgeons and centers. “The Southwest Transplant Alliance recovery center will bring some of the most significant advancements in transplant science since the 1980s to our community,” says Dr. Göran Klintmalm, MD, PhD, FACS, Chairman of the Transplant Institute at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. “An organ recovery is a race against time. Surgeons, nurses and transplant teams work together to deliver optimal organs for transplant and save lives. In this facility, medical teams can work more efficiently. It’s estimated that the recovery center will help decrease the time for a transplant surgeon to travel to and back from an organ donor hospital, including the waiting and surgical time from 8 to 10 hours to approximately 3 to 4. This is a significant advancement for our field and critical to patients awaiting a lifesaving transplant.”
STA’s new facility will house some of the industry’s most advanced technologies and services. A full intensive care unit, six operating rooms, and full testing and scanning abilities will decrease strains on partner hospitals and allow for more efficient recovery times.
Outside of the clinical aspect, the facility will be centered upon honoring and respecting donors and their families. One such area will be Taylor’s Place, a beautiful room for providing support and resources for donor families. The room is named after Taylor Storch, a heroic 13-year-old donor whose gifts saved the lives of five people. Taylor’s Place will be known as the place “Where Hope Begins”—supported by the Outlive Yourself Foundation.
Additionally, a donor memorial garden anchored by a 100-year-old oak tree will be the visual center of the facility – reminding staff and visitors of the mission and cornerstone of Southwest Transplant Alliance. Visitors of the garden will enjoy a serene space with a memorial sculpture, water feature and outdoor seating.
Innovation is at the forefront of this project. STA’s Center of Excellence within the new building will look to lead the way in the industry through research and educational events in its new conference center. Professionals across the country will be able to visit the space and share insights and advancements that lead the way in saving more lives.