American Cancer Society Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodge—Tampa

American Cancer Society Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodge—Tampa
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12810 Magnolia Dr
Tampa, FL 33612-9451


Staying With Us

While the Hope Lodge is closed, the American Cancer Society will continue to help meet the needs of cancer patients and their caregivers requiring lodging while seeking treatment. Through the Society’s Hotel Partners Program, patients and caregivers will have access to this valuable resource that provides free or low-cost lodging to those affected by cancer. All accommodations are provided based on eligibility requirements and are subject to availability and to restrictions imposed by the participating hotels. Requests for lodging are met on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request hotel lodging, please contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

 Eligibility Requirements click to expand

Patients must be referred to the Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodge by a hospital social worker or designated hospital staff person.

To be eligible to stay at the Hope Lodge, patients must meet the following requirements:
- Be 18 or older.
- Require lodging for a minimum of three nights.
- Receiving outpatient treatment for cancer. Treatment is defined as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and some clinical trials.

Caregivers must meet the following eligibility guidelines:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be ambulatory
- Be able to take care of patient, able to maintain suite and prepare meals, etc.
- Be free of communicable diseases
- Complete orientation.

 Admission Process click to expand

The Hope Lodge admission process begins with a referral from a hospital social worker. If a cancer center does not have a social worker, the designated hospital staff person can refer a patient. Patients must meet the following eligibility requirements:

- Be 18 or older.
- Require lodging for a minimum of three nights.
- Be receiving outpatient treatment for cancer. Treatment is defined as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and some clinical trials.

When we receive a referral, patients are put on a waiting list in the order the referral was received. When a room at the Hope Lodge becomes available, we contact the next person on the list. All patients must attend an orientation before they can check into the Hope Lodge.

 What To Bring click to expand

Guests should bring the following items for their stay:
- Extra pillows, blankets, linens or comforters. (sheets, blankets and comforter for 2 twin beds are provided)
- Personal hygiene items; toiletries
- Food – enough until you can go shopping.
- Coffee, creamer, sugar
- Medications
- Emergency contact information – names, addresses and phone numbers
- Postage stamps
- Telephone calling card for long distance call.
- Any other personal items that will make you comfortable.
- Supply of toilet paper, tissues, paper towels.
- Laundry detergent-HE (high efficiency) and regular washing machines/dryers are available in laundry rooms. You’ll have to determine which detergent is needed after you check in.
- Cleaning supplies: general bathroom cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, glass cleaner, no bleach products please!
- Clothes hangers


The Hope Lodge provides:
- Kitchen cleaning supplies - hand and automatic dishwashing detergent, kitchen towels
- Kitchen supplies – dishes, glasses, pots, pans, bake ware, storage containers, silverware, knives, serving utensils
- Kitchen appliances – stoves, dishwashers, ice machines, in-sink garbage disposal, toasters, blenders, hand mixers, coffee pots, microwaves
- Towels – 2 sets per suite
- Bed linens – 1 set per twin bed (sheets, blanket and bedspread for twin beds), pillows.
- Cable television, clock radio and telephone in each suite (free local calling)
- Free laundry facilities on each floor: Irons, ironing boards, trash can liners, laundry baskets, and vacuum cleaners.
- We supply a certain amount of coffee. We welcome donations of coffee and paper goods i.e.: paper towels, paper napkins, paper plates, disposable coffee cups etc.
- Computer with Internet access on each floor
- Ethernet connection in each suite

 Services Provided click to expand

The American Cancer Society's Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodge is a short-term residential facility designed to offer housing and support free of charge to any cancer patient who travels to the Tampa Bay area for treatment. The Hope Lodge is not a treatment facility and does not provide medical care.

Patients staying at the Hope Lodge may be able to access other local American Cancer Society patient services and programs by calling 1.800.ACS.2345.

 News & Events click to expand

The Hope Lodge frequently organizes group activities like games, movies and other entertainment. Activities vary by week and time of year, so call the Hope Lodge prior to your visit to determine what activities are scheduled.

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.