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LifeGift breaks ground on expansion wing

LifeGift breaks ground on expansion wing

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LifeGift has been offering hope to patients in need of organ and tissue transplants since 1987 and has now broken ground on an expansion wing that will enable them to care for many more people.

LifeGift serves as the designated Organ Procurement Organization for North, Southeast and West Texas, working with over 200 hospitals in the area. Their headquarters are in Houston and they are a member of the Texas Medical Center.

On Friday, Aug. 21, LifeGift celebrated with a ceremonial groundbreaking on the 7,500-square-foot building. The new building will house a sophisticated call center: the Communications Center for Donation. The facility, currently referred to as the Donor Resource Center (DRC), is the 24/7 lifeline for organ and tissue donation.

“Our talented staff who will work in this special place will help thousands of families experiencing the loss of a loved one by being the voice on the other end of the line, helping people at the worst time of their lives make a critical decision to save others,” said Kevin Myer, president and CEO of LifeGift.

The state-of-the-art space will operate using clinical information system technology provided by Transplant Connect, allowing LifeGift to serve its transplant partners with better information-sharing capabilities.

In addition to an upgraded call center, the structure also will include a new training area and space for AlloSource, a tissue processor, to provide needed ready-to-go tissue grafts for area hospitals and surgical centers.

“As part of the LifeGift family, AlloSource works with us to process and to make available thousands of tissue grafts to patients across Texas, the United States and the world,” said Brian Roe, senior managing director of tissue operations and the Donor Resource Center. “This expansion will allow us to continue being careful stewards of the gift, allowing for more lifesaving transplants and the facilitation of lifesaving research.”

The new addition is expected to open in early 2016. For more information, visit www.lifegift.org.

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