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NCMC Hospitality House Gets Facelift

July 22, 2008

By Greeley Tribune, Colo.

Jul. 22–The North Colorado Medical Center’s Hospitality House has been renovated.

NCMC officials said furniture valued at more than $46,000 will round out renovations just in time for National Hospitality House Week, July 20 — 26.

The house, on 15th Street on the north side of NCMC’s campus, serves as a home-away-from-home for NCMC patients and their families. In 2007, 1,057 families stayed at the house.

In its 16th year, the facility provides lodging at a reduced cost — as low as $15 per night — which can be a relief for patients and families who travel from out of town for care, said Leslie Gann Exner, director of volunteer services and the house.

In a press release, she said furniture from Designers Loft will go into 16 rooms and will complete a remodeling project that started a few years ago. The older furniture will be donated to the Weld Furniture Bank.

“Communities outside of Greeley know about the Hospitality House because people travel for care and stay here,” Exner said in the press release. “We also have volunteers, nurses, physicians and other departments that refer patients and their families here when they need lodging.”

The cost at the facility is $15 for a standard room that has a bed, small refrigerator, microwave and bathroom. The apartment, for $25, has two single beds, a sofa, loveseat, private bathroom and efficiency kitchen. Guests also have the use of on-site laundry and the common kitchen and living area.

For meals, guests may visit the NCMC Banner Bistro or the NCMC 16th Street Terrace within the hospital and receive discounts.

The Hospitality House program was started by employees who saw the hardship people faced when they traveled from out of town for health care and paid $80 to $140 or more to stay in a hotel.

Once the Ella Mead Hall of Nursing in honor of the former Greeley physician, the building was a family resource center before being converted for guest housing. Hospital funds cover the cost of the salaries, building maintenance and facilities. Other financial support comes from the NCMC Foundation.

Fundraiser set

The NCMC Foundation will host its annual Thissen Construction Corporation Hospitality Bowl-A-Thon, Aug. 1 at Highland Park Lanes in Greeley.

Teams of four bowlers compete in various bowling games. Major, corporate and team sponsorships support the event. Bowlers dress in costume according to the event theme — which is Indy Adventure Bowl this year — and have a chance to win prizes through the evening.

For more information about the event, call Diana Wood at the NCMC Foundation at (970) 395-2687.

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