University of Pennsylvania boasts city’s first house for transplant patients

    Philadelphia will mark a first this summer with the help of the University of Pennsylvania. An old frat house has been converted into what will be the city’s first house for transplant patients and their families.

    At $60 a night, the Barker Penn Transplant House at 40th and Spruce streets can accommodate four adults in each of its 12 suites as patients prepare to undergo organ transplant surgery and their families wait in the wings.


    The house will provide a homier environment for patients who typically end up waiting out the transplant process in hospitals’ family spaces, as the Inquirer reports.

    Opening July 1, the house may soon have company. A similar facility could open soon at Fourth and Callowhill streets with help from the nonprofit organization Gift of Life.

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