University Hospitals to help American Cancer Society reach more people

Thursday, March 01, 2018
CLEVELAND -- The American Cancer Society is pleased to announce a $1 million commitment from University Hospitals to support the renovation and expansion of the Society’s Joseph S. and Jeannette M. Silber Hope Lodge in the heart of Cleveland’s University Circle. The Cleveland Hope Lodge is one of more than 30 American Cancer Society facilities around the country that provide cancer patients a home-away-from-home at no cost to ensure they have the best opportunity for completing treatment and receiving the best possible outcome in overcoming this disease.
 
Demand for rooms at Hope Lodge means there’s nearly always a wait list for entry. The average wait-list has 45 guests scheduled to travel into Cleveland. Wait-listed patients sometimes go without the most effective treatment or go without treatment altogether—because they don’t have the energy or the funds to do so. Among Hope Lodges nationally, Cleveland’s is currently about average in size, with 31 rooms and equates to an estimated $2 million in annual hotel savings for guests. With the planned expansion, the Lodge will have 41 rooms and save patients $2.5 million annually. It’s currently at capacity so often because it offers proximity to specialized cancer care at world-class hospitals like University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.

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