Midwest Transplant Network’s new Donor Care Unit and Organ Recovery Suite allows the nonprofit to serve the community better by centralizing all clinical functions on one floor. This includes 6 ORs, a 7-bed ICU, administrative offices, and/or tenant spaces on the upper. Beyond designing space for the Donor Care Unit and the Organ Recovery Suite, Hoefer Welker also helped renovate the building to meet medical codes and standards while keeping the tissue program operational. The renovation differs from other healthcare projects Hoefer Welker typically works on, starting with the patients. Previously, when a patient died in a hospital, harvesting of donated organs and tissue would take place in the hospital’s operating room. Now, deceased donors can be transported to Midwest Transplant’s new facility, where they can provide the utmost care and maximize the number of lifesaving organs available for transplant. Surgeons and everyone involved in procurement now have a nicer environment with higher-grade facilities and everything in one place.

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