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Kevin Guest House, the nation’s first Hospital Hospitality House, offers a warm, safe and secure respite providing comfort, support and affordable accommodations for patients and their loved ones seeking care at area medical facilities.
A grand Victorian home built in 1860, Kevin Guest House has been lovingly restored to its original charm. A variety of rooms are available to our guests, based on need and availability.
As the nation's first hospital hospitality house, the door is always open at Kevin Guest House to:
Out-of-town families experiencing the stress of a loved one undergoing hospitalization or out-patient treatment
People who need a home-like atmosphere, which is safe for patients as well as comfortable and affordable for families
Support the Western New York community and area hospitals
Since July 26, 1972 Kevin Guest House has quietly been serving a special group of individuals. As the nation's first hospital hospitality house, Kevin Guest House strives to provide the best "home away from home" to outpatients and caregivers of patients hospitalized or receiving outpatient therapy in a Buffalo area hospital.
We offer lodging, breakfast, supportive companionship, and other needs and ask our guests to only make a minimal donation per night. Kevin Guest House is a fully independent 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.
During our history we have served over 45,000 families and individuals with a wide range of medical conditions, including many types of cardiovascular problems, cancer, transplants, and other medical adversities.
We currently provide service to patients and family members at most Buffalo area hospitals including; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), Buffalo General Hospital, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle, Veteran's Administration (VA), Women and Children's Hospital, Sister's of Charity and other Buffalo area medical facilities.
Kevin Guest House is staffed on a 24-hour basis. Individuals with family members who are extremely ill often remain at the hospital during most of the day and overnight. These individuals are welcome to use the House during the day to rest, bathe, do laundry, have dinner, watch television, call relatives back home, or just relax and visit. Individuals are permitted to stay as long as the patient or outpatient is receiving treatment at an area hospital or medical center. The average length of stay is four days, but stays range from one night to several months.
Kevin Guest House also provides four specialized transplant recovery apartments on our campus. These apartments provide unique living accommodations for patients and caregivers tending to the extreme needs of loved ones with immune compromise challenges. Our apartments are within walking distance to Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Buffalo General Hospital. The transplant recovery apartments are fully equipped with television, telephone, 2 bedrooms, full kitchen, laundry facility, linens, bath towels, just about all you'll need for your recovery time with us.
Historically, contributions from businesses, foundations, churches, civic and veteran's organizations, individuals, guests and former guests, as well as fundraising events, have fully supported our budget. We are very proud that approximately 23% of our operating budget comes from guests and former guests.
Kevin Guest House spends approximately $74 per guest per day. If a guest were staying in a local hotel, eating out and incurring other expenses related to out-of-town living, they would be spending an average of $195.00 per night. We provide an incredible service to individuals who otherwise would be placed in an extremely difficult financial position when they are already having a health-related crisis. In healthcare today, patients whether insured or not receive medical care while the burden of expenses incurred while caring for their loved ones falls on the family. Without our help, these individuals would be forced to sleep in waiting rooms or not be able to be with their loved during one of the most critical times of their life, when uncertainty and fear abound.
We are honored to play a vital part in the health and welfare of others. Please continue to support our mission and keep us in your thoughts that we can remain a comfortable and caring "home away from home" for those most in need.
- Andrew Banchich
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