for Veterans and the Public
Houston Transplant Center
The information in this section refers to the Houston Transplant Center and is only applicable to you if this is your designated transplant site. Please remember that each transplant facility may handle transplantation differently.
Much like at your local facility, your transplant facility will have a team of specialists working with you on your liver transplant. This team includes:
- Transplant Patient and His/Her Support Person (family/friends)
- Transplant Surgeon
- Transplant Nurse Coordinator
- Social Worker
- Program Support
Evaluation at Houston
Once you have been approved for evaluation at the Houston Medical Center by the VA National Transplant Program, you will be contacted by the nurse coordinator in Houston to schedule your evaluation. Your evaluation can usually be scheduled within two months. You should plan to stay for approximately one week, although in some cases you may need to stay longer for additional testing.
When your evaluation has been scheduled, you will receive a packet in the mail listing your appointments for the week. It will also include basic information about the program and the lodging unit. You may receive additional materials from other departments at the medical center, but all scheduling will be coordinated through the transplant office. Please call the office or your coordinator if you have any questions regarding the schedule. Your referring medical center will arrange necessary transportation for you and your support person. Our social worker will call you one to two weeks before your evaluation to give you information about lodging, provide instructions for your first day of appointments in Houston, and answer any questions you may have.
The Houston VAMC has provided free lodging at the Fisher House for patients and their support person since the first evaluation in 2007. The new Fisher House includes guest suites with private baths, communal kitchen, living and dining rooms, a library, a family room and a manager's office.
Houston is located in the Gulf Coast region of Texas, and has a humid, subtropical climate consisting of hot, humid summers and chilly, mild winters. During the summer months, it is not uncommon for the temperature to exceed 90 degrees F. During these months, light, loose fitting clothing is highly recommended. A bottle of water for hydration is also suggested. Summer in Houston begins around May-June and ends around August-September. During the winter months, you can expect milder temperatures, averaging a high of 63 degrees F and a low of 45 degrees F. Warm, weather-resistant clothing is suggested for winter. Houston also receives a high amount of annual rainfall, so consider packing a water-resistant jacket or umbrella.
The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center has a total of three ATM machines located throughout the 1st floor. There is a two dollar ATM fee for all non-members of the Smart Financial Credit Union. The Credit Union is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-4pm and Friday, 8am-3:30pm. Only cash, debit and credit cards are accepted as forms of payment. Checks will not be accepted.
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030