Spring Fund DriveThe generous gifts of friends such as yourself are helping us greatly expand the types of patient-families we are helping
Gifts From Friends Like Yourself Is How We Grow Our Host-Network
Due to the kind gifts of almost 750 old and new friends, since April 2017 we have been able to employ a third staff person, our Outreach Coordinator Cathy Davis. Her mission? To reach out to corporations, places of worship and other caring community groups so as to greatly expand the number, types and geographic range of homes in the HfH Host-network. Her success during the now thirteen months during which she has been employed? 111 new families have expressed interest in becoming hosts and over 80 of them have already formally done so!
With the ongoing growth of the Host-network, we are working very hard to expand the types of patient-families to whom we may offer lodging to include (a) patients receiving care from medical facilities that are more widely dispersed throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, and/or (b) patients whose lodging needs may be met and allow them to be placed at host-homes located at further distances within the Greater Philadelphia area from the treating hospital.
In particular, some of the types of patient-families whom we will be helping over the next year include:
• immunocompromised patients, especially children, requiring private lodging for a number of months post-discharge, with the multi-family dynamic of a Ronald McDonald House being a medically unsafe environment for such patients.
• children having orthopedic surgery at the Shriners Hospital requiring lodging for a number of months post-discharge , but then not eligible to stay at a Ronald McDonald House due to the infrequency of medical appointments.
• patients who must relocate to within two hours of the Greater Philadelphia area for up to a year so as to be listed as lung transplant candidates.
• patients and/or family members who need lodging for multiple months in association with receiving care for burn injuries at the Crozer Burn Center in Chester.
• families of patients hospitalized for multiple months as a result of to having been in automobile accidents, with such patients being treated at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Paoli Hospital, Abington Hospital or Cooper Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey.
• patients in need of lung transplants who must relocate to within two hours of the Greater Philadelphia area for up to a year so as to be listed as a transplant candidate.