About Our Facility
Facing cancer is hard. Having to travel out of town for treatment can make it even harder. Yet the American Cancer Society has a place where cancer patients and their caregivers can find help and hope when home is far away - an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.
The Hope Lodge Nebraska will address the need for affordable, supportive lodging by providing 24-hour, temporary housing free of charge to cancer patients and their families traveling 50 or more miles to receive treatment. The Hope Lodge Nebraska will provide a comfortable, nurturing environment and unprecedented access to quality care and support, as well as alleviate part of the financial burden associated with cancer treatment. Cancer treatment can place a serious burden on family finances, even for those who have health insurance and good incomes. In addition to easing the financial burden, Hope Lodges provide the emotional support and education that are critical to recovery. There is no other option available that wraps such an array of services around a cancer patient and the family to maximize the opportunity for healing.
In an assessment compiled by American Cancer Society and the four major health centers in Nebraska, the following are indicators for the need of a Hope Lodge in Nebraska: Each year over 11,000 cancer patients travel over 50 miles for their treatment. No other organization provides long-term accommodations free of charge Hope Lodge will be Nebraska’s lone cancer only lodging facility. In 2010, 55 cancer patients from Nebraska stayed at a participating Guestroom Program Hotel for a total of 269 nights. Estimated lodging provided by the new Hope Lodge, over 13,000 nights totaling over $1,500,000 savings for visiting cancer patients.
The Nebraska State Cancer Control Plan 2004-2010 recognized the lack of housing options for cancer patients. One of the goals of the State Plan is “to increase housing options for adult patients and their families to permit them to participate in full treatment regimens.”
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This facility will provide crucial services for cancer patients coming to Omaha for treatment from rural Nebraska counties where treatment options are limited. The Society is conducting a Capital Campaign totaling $10,854,908
The Nebraska Methodist Hospital System has provided the property, located at 81st & Dodge Streets, on which to construct the Hope Lodge, a contribution valued at approximately $1,500,000. Cancer patients, along with their caregiver, who travel more than 50 miles each way for care may stay at Hope Lodge, free of charge, for as long as their treatment requires. Patients coming to Hope Lodge will have therapies that are unavailable in their home communities such as bone marrow transplants, specialized radiation treatments, and clinical trials.
Plans for the three-story, 30,480 square foot Hope Lodge include a comfortable, home-like setting of 36 private rooms with baths. Sitting/television areas and laundry facilities are located on each floor. Common areas include kitchen, dining room, library, conference, exercise, game, and meditation rooms. Unlike other options such as hotels, Hope Lodge will provide an environment that is reliably clean and comfortable for patients undergoing treatment which may seriously compromise the immune system, such as bone marrow transplant. Free transportation will be available to local treatment centers for patients staying at the Lodge.
In addition to easing the financial burden, Hope Lodges provide the emotional support and education that are critical to recovery. Society services such as Look Good…Feel Better, Reach to Recovery, breast prostheses, wigs and turbans will be conveniently located to support patient recovery. Nebraska Hope Lodge will provide a comfortable, nurturing environment and unprecedented access to quality care and support. There is no other option available that wraps such an array of services around a cancer patient and the family to maximize the opportunity for healing. The location in Omaha is easily accessible to The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, Alegent - Bergan Mercy Medical Center and all the other metro cancer treatment centers.
To confidentially discuss funding/naming options please contact Doug Bottger 402- 398-0771