Although Ronald McDonald houses provide these same types of services for children, there are not many places, and none in our area, for adult patients or their families. The Hospitality House will include six private suites, a kitchen, TV lounge, hearth room, dining room, laundry facilities, resource library with computer access, outdoor court yard, and staff office. Each suite will have handicapped accessible bathrooms and a refreshment station. There is a special connection to this house and our CMH Auxiliary. The first director, Lillian Hutcheson, owned this home when she lost her husband, John, to cancer. It is only fitting that the Auxiliary she worked so hard to establish would adopt this much needed facility as their project.
The Hospitality House is an expanded service for patients receiving treatment and care at the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center. Many of these patients travel long distances to receive their cancer treatments and often, as a result of their medical condition, are not physically able to travel multiple times per week for treatments. In addition, patients may live closer but to prevent exposure to illnesses within their families, they need a safe environment to stay. The Citizens Memorial Healthcare Auxiliary has adopted this project to provide a safe home away from home for them. The Hospitality House will provide a place for patients and their family members to stay at a minimal cost until they complete a treatment regimen and are able to return home.
All donations not designated will be used to equip and furnish the ancillary areas, i.e., laundry, mechanical room, vending, pantry areas, restrooms, etc.