American Cancer Society Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge—
New Orleans, LA
About Our Facility
The American Cancer Society’s Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge is a unique “home away from home” for those who need warm, caring, no-cost accommodations during their cancer treatment at a New Orleans area medical facility. The facility is named in memory of Patrick F. Taylor who was a true American hero who believed in the power of the American people. He was a successful oilman, philanthropist and educational reformist who inspired young people to dream. Mr. Taylor was a strong supporter of all branches of the United States military. He was an ally and friend to our men and women at all levels of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. He will forever be remembered as a national role model for creating and implementing the Taylor Plan across the United States. Mr. Taylor was the Chairman, President and CEO of Taylor Energy Company until his death on November 5, 2004.
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The goal of the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge program is to help patients cope with the cancer treatment process. The Hope Lodge provides a supportive environment for patients, and at the same time, it eases the financial strains that come with this disease. Guests of the Hope Lodge are cancer patients receiving outpatient treatment away from home. Accommodations are provided free of charge.
Hope Lodge not only provides patients with a place to stay, but it also offers a supportive and safe environment where patients can focus on wellness. On-site security is provided 24-hours a day Sundays through Thursdays. A full crew of American Cancer Society staff and volunteers help create a relaxing and informative environment, providing around the clock "awake" service. In addition, Hope Lodge guests have access to the American Cancer Society’s nationally acclaimed National Cancer Information Center and Web site. These services connect cancer patients and caregivers to information on cancer, local resources, support groups and patient service programs.
Guests of the Hope Lodge enjoy rooms with a private bath and television. Other amenities include a shared kitchen, library, dining room, living room and laundry room. Guests are able and encouraged to make themselves very much at home, engaging in such normal everyday activities as buying groceries, preparing meals, doing dishes, working at a computer terminal or watching television. Hope Lodge provides a positive environment for those seeking either privacy or the supportive fellowship of others experiencing similar circumstances and emotions.
In 1999, the American Cancer Society’s Mid-South Division Board of Directors approved New Orleans as the site of a Hope lodge. Construction on the facility began in the Fall of 2004. The American Cancer Society’s Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge welcomed the first guest in July 2006.
Staff and Volunteers
Lorraina Aldridge, Director
The Director organizes staff, provides leadership in the implementation of Hope Lodge operations to ensure the safety and well being of guests.. The Director is available 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every weekday to assist you during your stay.
Mark Jaskot, Associate Director
The Associate Director organizes volunteers and their schedules to best fit the needs of the Hope Lodge. Mark also schedules events and activities as well as coordinates programs for cancer patients. The Associate Director is available 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every weekday.
Joe Salvage, 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 on-site 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every weekday.
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 Sebastian Guynes, Claire Kaemmerling and Monterae Lynch.
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 through 10:00 p.m. Sunday night. If assistance is required, they can be reached by dialing 2200 from all Hope Lodge phones. Our weekend managers are Nicholas Bijou, Maggie Fraizer Terri Theobald and Mari Flamm.
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.
American Cancer Society's Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge
2609 River Rd
New Orleans, LA 70121
From I-10 West:
- Take I-10 exit 228 to CAUSEWAY SOUTH
- Stay on CAUSEWAY BLVD SOUTH to JEFFERSON HWY
- Turn LEFT onto JEFFERSON HWY/US-90 E
- Turn RIGHT onto LABARRE RD/LA-611 4
- Turn RIGHT onto RIVER RD/LA-611 1
From I-10 East:
- Merge onto I-10 W toward NEW ORLEANS.
- Merge onto I-610 W via EXIT 238B toward N O INTL AIRPORT/BATON ROUGE.
- I-610 W becomes I-10 W
- Take I-10 EXIT 228 to CAUSEWAY SOUTH
- Stay CAUSEWAY BLVD SOUTH to JEFFERSON HWY
- Turn LEFT onto JEFFERSON HWY/US-90 E
- Turn RIGHT onto LABARRE RD/LA-611
- Turn RIGHT onto RIVER RD/LA-611
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.