On Tuesday, January 30, we celebrated the grand opening of our Hope Lodge community in Omaha, Nebraska.
If you missed the livesteam, you can watch the replay here.
You also can watch local TV coverage of the event, including an interview with Otis Brawley, MD, our chief medical officer: KMTV and KETV.
It was a joyous occasion for the staff and volunteers who have worked on this capital campaign for nearly a decade. The three-story, $11.5 million facility broke ground in late 2016 on land donated by the Nebraska Methodist Hospital System. The first patients arrived just days ago.
Speakers at the ceremony included Dr. Brawley, MD; St. George awardee Alan Thorson, MD, FACS, president of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors in 2009-2010, an Honorary Life Member, and longtime volunteer with our former High Plains and Heartland dvisions; Robert Langdon, MD, president of Nebraska Cancer Specialists in Omaha and campaign committee chair; cancer survivor Linda Webner of Iowa, who stayed at a Hope Lodge during her treatment; and Linda's husband, Earl, who spoke about what Hope Lodge means to a caregiver.
The new Hope Lodge is expected to provide more than 10,000 nights of free lodging a year, saving those patients $1.3 million in hotel costs. Ongoing support is needed to operate the Lodge. Donations may be made here.
"Yes, it'll save our guests money, but more importantly, we will provide a supportive community," said Jeff Senn, manager of the facility. "At the end of a long day of treatment, patients and caregivers are going to be able to sit across from someone going through the same thing: cancer treatment far from home." Jeff is pictured in the smaller image here, with cancer survivor Linda Webner.
The facility features 32 suites - bedrooms and adjoining sitting rooms. In addition, there is a Coaches vs. Cancer fitness room sponsored by local sports teams.