Peter M. Wege Guest House—
Grand Rapids, MI
AddressView Map129 Jefferson Ave. SE , Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Phone: 616-551-4000 Email: HopeLodgeWestMI@cancer.org
Staying With Us
The Hope Lodge, Peter M. Wege Guest House is a four-story building which features a large lobby, conference room, restrooms, reception desk, and staff offices on the first floor. Each of the Lodge’s 20 guest rooms features two full-sized beds – one for the patient and one for the caregiver, to allow for extra space for patients undergoing exhausting treatment. Barrier-free rooms are also available upon request.
Living rooms are located on the second, third, and fourth floors, and in-house laundry facilities are located on floors two and four. The third floor consists only of common areas including a large kitchen, dining area, meditation room, living room with player piano, resource library with computers, and a project room.
Parking at the Lodge is available to guests at no cost, and security personnel are available for guest and caregiver safety.
The Hope Lodge is yet another new Grand Rapids facility that has been purposefully constructed with an emphasis on green living and sustainability. It will be the first Hope Lodge in the Midwest to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (L.E.E.D.) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Constructed of rapidly-renewing, regionally manufactured materials, the building possesses energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, and recycling rooms on each of its four floors.
Patients and caregivers may request a room directly from the Hope Lodge or through their physician. Room requests through the Lodge may be made through e-mail, phone, or fax.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Hope Lodge?
The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge is a 24-hour, temporary, free residential facility that provides a comfortable, nurturing environment and unprecedented access to quality care and support for cancer patients traveling far away from home for treatment.
In addition, Hope Lodges greatly improve the quality of patients’ lives by improving access to treatment and clinical trials and by eliminating some of the financial burden.
However, patients and their families soon learn that Hope Lodge is more than just a home. In addition to comfortably meeting patient housing needs, Hope Lodges provide residents convenient access to the full range of patient support services offered by the American Cancer Society, allowing the organization to help people with the greatest need at precisely the time they need it most.
Can I get my treatment at the Hope Lodge?
The Hope Lodge does not provide medical treatment. While many staff are trained in basic CPR and resuscitation techniques, Hope Lodge is not a health care provider. However, staff are on-hand 24 hours a day should an emergency arise and medical professionals need to be contacted.
How long can I stay at the Hope Lodge?
Guests are welcome to stay at the Hope Lodge for as long as they are undergoing active cancer treatment. The average length of stay at the Lodge is seven days; yet there is no rule. Guests have stayed at the Hope Lodge for as little as one night and as long as six weeks; but there is no time limit for how long a guest can stay at the Hope Lodge.
Why aren’t children allowed to stay at the Hope Lodge?
We recognize that children and adult cancer patients have different needs. Therefore, the presence of children would be difficult to manage in a setting that has been devoted to supporting the treatment and recuperation of adult patients. It is important to note that while Hope Lodge Grand Rapids is a facility dedicated to the support of adult cancer patients, children are welcome to visit patients and family members during their stay. Our Hotel Lodging Program is open to cancer patients of all ages, including pediatric patients accompanied by a parent, and patients traveling with children.
How does Hope Lodge interrelate with the local healthcare providers?
The Hope Lodge has an interdependent and cooperative relationship with all local healthcare providers by serving as a lodging and transportation resource for their patients. Furthermore, patients will be referred to the Hope Lodge by the providers.
How far in advance do I need to request my room at the Hope Lodge?
Because the number of rooms and guests that the Hope Lodge can accommodate at any given time is limited, we suggest you contact the Lodge to reserve a room as soon as you have your cancer treatment schedule. Often, we are able to accommodate short-notice room requests.
How is the Hope Lodge different from other patient facilities like Ronald McDonald House, Gilda’s Club, and the Renucci House?
The Hope Lodge is both a unique and compatible facility within the community:
- The Ronald McDonald House only serves children while the Hope Lodge serves adult cancer patients.
- Gilda’s Club does not provide housing.
- The Renucci House is a hospitality house for families and patients of Spectrum Health – not just cancer patients. It is already averaging 90-95 percent occupancy and unable to fully address the region’s need.
If you have further questions, please call the Hope Lodge at 1-616-551-4000.
Individuals wishing to stay at the Hope Lodge must be adults 18 years of age or older; be undergoing active cancer treatment throughout their stay; be accompanied by one adult caregiver; and reside outside the city of Grand Rapids.
To qualify as a caregiver, you must be 18 years of age or older; remain with the patient during the course of stay and treatment; and provide for the patient's care.
If you have questions regarding eligibility requirements, please call the Hope Lodge at 1-616-551-4000.
To be admitted to the Hope Lodge, your doctor must submit a physician referral form to the Hope Lodge. Your doctor can obtain these forms directly from the Hope Lodge by calling 616-551-4000 or by e-mailing HopeLodgeWestMI@cancer.org.
If you have questions regarding the admission process, please call the Hope Lodge at 616-551-4000.
What to Bring
The Hope Lodge will provide bedding, towels, linens, cookware, dishes, utensils, local-use telephone, and laundry detergent to all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own personal hygiene products, medicines, clothing, food, a laptop, and other personal items.
If you have questions regarding what to bring, please call the Hope Lodge at 616-551-4000.
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.