Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—Iowa City

Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—Iowa City
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750 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52246
319-248-5400 or 800-227-2345
Fax: 319-248-5401

Kelly Lamb, Hope Lodge Manager 
kelly.lamb@cancer.org

Staying With Us

At the Hope Lodge each guest has their own room including a private bath. There are 28 rooms at the Hope Lodge. Every room is equipped with two beds and linens and towels are provided.

If you are coming to stay here at the Hope Lodge you need to bring your medications, toiletries, laundry supplies, and any other personal items you may need during you stay (including slippers and/or your favorite pillow). Additionally, you will need to provide your own meals. You may either bring your groceries with you and you can do your shopping once you get to Iowa City. We would be happy to suggest grocery stores or places to do your shopping.


 Eligibility Requirements click to expand

Hope Lodge serves an adult cancer patient population. Adult cancer patients and one adult caregiver are eligible to stay at Hope Lodge under the following conditions:

Patients

  • Must agree to refrain from consuming alcohol or using tobacco on the Hope Lodge premisses
  • Must sign a general release and waiver of liability form
  • Must permanently reside 40 miles or more away from their treatment facility
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be in active outpatient cancer treatments
  • Must have end date on current treatment plan
  • Must have a permanent home address
  • Must be able to find or provide transportation to and from cancer treatment
  • Must be ambulatory or have a caregiver
  • Must be able to maintain the cleanliness of their room, kitchen/common areas
  • Must provide written confirmation from a physician that they are free of infectious or communicable diseases
  • Must be able to evacuate the building in case of an emergency
  • Must be able to care for themselves and prepare their meals
  • IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL PATIENTS HAVE A CAREGIVER
  • Bone Marrow Transplant and brain cancer patients and guests in wheelchairs are required to have a caregiver with them at all times
  • Staff will assess on an ongoing basis guests’ ability to care for themselves. Staff may speak to the guest, the social worker and/or physicians for input. If a guest is staying alone and becomes unable to care for him/herself or becomes a burden to other guests or caregivers, he/she will be required to secure a caregiver or leave the Lodge.
  • Individuals who meet these eligibility requirements will be welcomed regardless of race, creed, gender, color, heritage, economic status or sexual orientation.
  • Hope Lodge reserves the right to do a criminal background check on guests and/or caregivers


Hope Lodge will be available to qualified guests for a maximum of six months during any given treatment cycles. After this time, managers should evaluate the guest’s situation with the referral source to determine if a longer stay is needed. Each guest will receive a private room, which would accommodate him/her and one adult caregiver. All guests must follow staff instruction.

 Admission Process click to expand

Your physician, or a member of your cancer health care team, will need to fill out a Hope Lodge referral form.

After the Hope Lodge has received your referral form you will contacted directly by Hope Lodge staff concerning availability for your requested arrival date.

After arriving at the Hope Lodge, the new guest will be welcomed by a general orientation, paperwork, and tour which take approximately one hour. This process is required for the guest as well as a caregiver if applicable.

 What to Bring click to expand

When staying at The Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge guests are responsible for the following:

  • Groceries
  • Clothing
  • Data cable to hook up your personal computer in your room if you do not want to utilize our computer room and do not have wireless capabilities
  • Cell phone or phone card, no long distance calls on phones in room
  • Personal ToiletriesLaundry Supplies
  • Favorite pillow, blanket and slippers
     
 Services Provided click to expand

Our lodge provides our guests with many great features

  • All rooms equipped with Ethernet ports
  • Linens and towels provided
  • Four fully equipped kitchens with dishes, utensils, small appliances, etc.
  • Fitness room with treadmill and stationary bike
  • Library, puzzles, and games
  • Two guest computers and printers with internet accessibility
  • 3 Guest Lounges with TVs
  • Pool table
  • Free guest laundry facilities including irons and ironing boards
  • Outdoor garden
  • 2 gas fireplaces
  • Indoor/Outdoor porches and decks with a view of local wildlife
  • Outdoor gas grill
  • 24/7 coffee/tea bar
  • Look Good . . . Feel Better (an American Cancer Society Support Group for women)
  • Weekly potluck dinners
  • Game nights and other entertainment
  • Brochure rack for local activities and cancer information
  • Portable DVD players and movie library
  • Commercial popcorn maker
  • Sewing machine
  • Portable CD players

 

Services Overview for Medical Professionals

Hope Lodge offers private guest rooms for the comfort of its guests and their support person.

The Hope Lodge is equipped with community dining rooms, eight kitchens, multiple family rooms & lounges, fitness room, conference room, meditation room, computer room, two libraries and on-site laundry facilities. The guests of the Hope Lodge have access to a wide variety of cancer programs and services that provide information, resources, and support to ease the cancer journey. Those services include:

  • General cancer support groups
  • Breast cancer support group
  • Head & Neck cancer support
  • Look Good, Feel Better – for female cancer patients only
  • Weekly potluck dinners Musical groups

 

 Reunion click to expand

We are pleased to announce 3rd Annual Hope Lodge Guest Reunion

11am-3pm on Saturday, June 16th

At the Russell and Ann Gerdin ACS Hope Lodge in Iowa City

Invitations will be sent out the week of May 21st

All previous Hope Lodge Guests, Caregivers and Family are welcome to join the Hope Lodge staff for food, floats and fun!

Please RSVP to Amy Buzalsky at Amy.Buzalsky@cancer.org or call the Hope Lodge at 319-248-5400

 Events click to expand

Annual Hope Lodge Gala, "Dancing for the Stars" will be on Saturday, November 19, 2011.

 Frequently Asked Questions click to expand
  1. Do doctor appointments and/or blood tests count as “cancer treatment”?
    Guests receiving ongoing cancer treatments are eligible to stay at the Hope Lodge.
  2. Are meals provided?
    Guests will need to provide and make their own meals. You may either bring your groceries with you or you can do you grocery shopping once you get to the area. We would be happy to suggest grocery stores to do your shopping.
  3. Am I allowed to have more than one caregiver stay with me at a time?
    No, we only allow the guest and one registered support person to stay at the Hope Lodge. However, your support person can change during your stay.
  4. Can my children visit me at the Lodge?
    Children are welcome to visit at the Lodge on the main floor, however only registered adult guests are allowed to stay overnight at the Lodge. Visiting Hours are between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Hope Lodge guests are responsible for their visitors while at the Lodge.
  5. Do you have handicapped rooms?
    Yes. We have three rooms designated as handicap accessible; however all of our rooms are accessible.
  6. Do you have housekeeping?
    Guests are responsible for cleaning up after themselves in common/public areas as well as for the general cleaning of their rooms during the course of their stay. Rooms are professionally cleaned between guests.
  7. Do I need to bring sheets and towels?
    Sheets and towels are provided. Guests are responsible for laundering their sheets and towels as needed during their stay.
  8. Do you have computers and/or internet service?
    If you would like to bring your own computer, you are able to access a secure wireless network on the main floor of the Lodge. If you do not have wireless capabilities, please bring a data cable to hook up to the Ethernet port in your guest room.
  9. How do I register to stay at the Hope Lodge?
    Your physician, or a member of your cancer health care team, will need to fill out a Hope Lodge referral form. After the Hope Lodge has received the referral form you will be contacted directly by Hope Lodge staff concerning availability for your requested arrival date.
  10. If I go home or travel on the weekends, do I lose my room?
    No, you may come and go on the weekends. As long as you are still receiving ongoing cancer treatment you do not need to check out of the Lodge.
  11. How much does it cost to stay at the Hope Lodge?
    There is no cost to stay at the Hope Lodge. All Hope Lodges are supported and funded through donated time and money.
Residency at a Hope Lodge facility is a courtesy extended at the sole discretion of American Cancer Society. All individuals who meet the Hope Lodge eligibility requirements will be welcomed regardless of race, creed, citizenship, physical disability, gender, color, ethnic heritage, veteran status, economic status, or sexual orientation. For admissions information, please select a Hope Lodge location.