American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—Lexington

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—Lexington
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1500 College Way
Lexington, KY 40502
Phone Number: 859-260-8300
Fax Number: 859-260-8302
1-800-227-2345

 

About Our Facility

 

Getting the right care sometimes means cancer patients must travel away from home. This can place an even bigger emotional and financial burden on patients and caregivers during an already challenging time. The American Cancer Society is trying to make this difficult situation easier for both cancer patients and their families through Hope Lodge.

The Hope Lodge provides free overnight lodging for cancer patients and their caregivers, creating an environment which eases both the stress of the cancer journey and the financial challenge of receiving lifesaving treatment. Hope Lodge is a place to share your meal, share in the evening’s activities or find peace in your own room.

The Hope Lodge in Lexington, Kentucky offers private rooms for the comfort of its guests and their caregivers. Fostering a home-like environment, the Hope Lodge is equipped with a community dining room, kitchen facility, library, and laundry facility. And, most importantly, the Hope Lodge offers encouragement and support from others going through the cancer journey.

Click here for a copy of our Referral Form.

* Please note the above virtual tour was produced before a policy change in our number of guests allowed. Only one adult patient and one adult caregiver may stay in the room. More than two people per guest room is not permitted. Thank you for your understanding and adherence to this policy.

 

 

 


  

 

 


 Facility Details click to expand
  • Some of the amenities of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge include:
  • Thirty-two guest rooms, each with a private bath and television
  • Fully equipped residential kitchen with a community dining room
  • Laundry rooms stocked with laundry and cleaning supplies
  • A resource library with an Internet computer station
  • Family recreation rooms with chairs, sofas and television
  • Patio area complete with gas grill and wrought iron furniture
  • Exercise room with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Free wireless Internet access
  • Free parking
  • Free daily transportation to and from treatment centers between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
 Our History click to expand

In 1998, a Hope Lodge in Lexington was conceived by a long time volunteer and cancer survivor, Bill Robbins, after seeing other Hope Lodges in the country. A needs assessment was completed that uncovered the fact that almost 5,000 patients came from outlying areas to Lexington for cancer treatment.  In 2002, a $6M capital campaign was begun after the land was secured at 1500 College Way and generously leased to the American Cancer Society from the University of Kentucky. In March of 2007 the doors opened to the 22nd Hope Lodge in the nation.

Many donors stepped up to make this dream a reality; among them a new foundation, the Lexington Cancer Foundation, Inc. For their generous contribution to the campaign, the Foundation chose to name the Lexington Cancer Foundation, Inc. Volunteer Center which houses the American Cancer Society volunteer meeting rooms, administrative offices and the Lexington Cancer Foundation offices. In addition the Foundation has provided operational funding since opening as well as volunteer support in the lodge.

In conjunction with the Lexington Cancer Foundation, Inc., the campus is named the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, Janice Jones Campus.

The American Cancer Society is indebted to all the volunteers and donors who have made this possible. The volunteer leaders in the capital campaign include Samuel G. Barnes, Alfred M. Cohen, Brent Rice and William G. (Bill) Robbins.

 Staff and Volunteers click to expand

Jason Young , Director
The Director organizes staff, provides leadership in the implementation of Hope Lodge operations to ensure the safety and well-being of guests, and works with area health care providers in establishing relationships with the Hope Lodge program. The Director is available 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every weekday.

Melissa Darsey,  Associate Director
The Associate Director organizes volunteers and their schedules to best fit the needs of the Hope Lodge. Melissa also schedules events and activities as well as coordinates programs for cancer patients. The Associate Director is available 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every weekday.

Glenn Boens, Facilities Manager
The Facilities Manager provides assistance with routine and emergency maintenance in the Hope Lodge. Guests may report any issues with their room or the facility to the front desk and the problem will be resolved as soon as possible. The Facilities Manager is available 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every weekday.

Evening Managers
Evening Managers manage front desk operations and guest registration Monday thru Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Our evening managers are Ruth Washburn, Aquirra Tyler, Renee Combs, and Elizabeth Dotson.

Weekend Managers
Weekend Managers manage all Hope Lodge operations and are the resident managers during the weekend. They are available from 5:00 p.m. Friday evening thru 10:00 p.m. Sunday night. If assistance is required, they can be reached by dialing 8300 from all Hope Lodge phones. Our weekend managers are Debbie Pinkston, Meredith Bridgeman, Arlene McCann, and Dawn Laverty

Volunteers
The American Cancer Society recruits volunteers to work in partnership with our staff on a variety of programs and events.  The American Cancer Society is a volunteer-based organization and without volunteers, we would not be able to accomplish our mission. Volunteers can be seen driving the shuttle, conducting tours and registering guests and helping with cleaning projects and other activities. If you need assistance or have any questions, feel free to ask our many great volunteers who are here to serve you.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer click here to download the application and email it to Melissa.Darsey@cancer.org.

Or, you may print the volunteer application and fax it to 859.260.8302 or mail to:

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
1500 College Way
Lexington, KY 40502

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. You will be contacted by a Hope Lodge staff person as soon as we receive your volunteer application.


 Directions click to expand

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge - Lexington
1500 College Way
Lexington, KY 40502

 

The facility is located behind the University of Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium.

 From Interstate 75

  • Take exit #108, Man O War Blvd.
  • If coming from I-75 South, turn left onto Man O War Blvd. If coming from I-75 North, turn right onto Man O War Blvd.
  • Drive approximately 3 miles until you see Alumni Drive on your right. Alumni Drive is at the tenth traffic light on Man O War Blvd.
  • Turn right onto Alumni Drive
  • Remain on Alumni Drive until you reach College Way on your right. College Way is on the University of Kentucky campus, which is located after crossing Tates Creek Road.
  • Turn right onto College Way
  • The Hope Lodge lies in the first curve on the right side of the road. Parking is in the rear of the building.

From Interstate 64

  • Take Interstate 64 to Interstate 75 South
  • Take exit #108, Man O War Blvd.
  • Turn right onto Man O War Blvd.
  • Drive approximately 3 miles until you see Alumni Drive on your right. Alumni Drive is at the tenth traffic light on Man O War Blvd.
  • Turn right onto Alumni Drive
  • Remain on Alumni Drive until you reach College Way on your right. College Way is on the University of Kentucky campus, which is located after crossing Tates Creek Road.
  • Turn right onto College Way
  • The Hope Lodge lies in the first curve on the right side of the road. Parking is in the rear of the building.

 

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.