Hospital Hospitality House May Have To Close

It's a place of refuge in life's many storms, but it's financially strapped and may have to close.

Hospital Hospitality House is Lexington's adult only equivalent of the Ronald McDonald House, except it's not quite as impressive outside or in
and the home at 342 Limestone is in the kid of financial peril that the Ronald McDonald House isn't.

Lynn Morgan, who has served as Executive Director of the Hospital Hospitality House for the last 5 years, tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "It's a sad commentary. Each of the hospitals have been using us for 25 years, and they're not financially supporting us by sending us anything to take care of the guests they send us. The University of Kentucky has helped us by entering into a service contract, but that contract hasn't been changed since 1982 while the costs have changed dramatically."

Bonita Reed of Brandenburg, Kentucky, found a place to lay her head at night here when her son was going through a series of surgeries.
She says, "It was such a relief because then I would not have to worry about where I was going to get the money to pay for a motel room. We could come and go like it's our own home. Your have your own laundry facility, your own meal place if you want to come back in the middle of the day for a snack."

Bonita came back Tuesday to donate what she could for the hospitality she had received. She says, "I wanted to make sure they got my donation. A few other people from my church gave a little extra money and I put that in with it also."

The situation at Hospital Hospitality House is becoming more dire by the day, and according to Lynn Morgan, if things don't improve soon, its doors may have to be closed forever. "It's never been as critical as it is now, but it's not a money issue. It's a distribution issue. There are huge amounts of money in Lexington, but we need help."

Anyone wishing to help can call Hospital Hospitality House at 254-8998.

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  • by Gerri Location: Cynthiana on Jul 2, 2008 at 09:16 AM
    When my daughter was born 12 weeks early and gravley ill at Ky. Childrens Hospital the only night I spent away from her was at Ronald McDonald House. It breaks my heart to know that local government and hospitals can not help this very worth wild place. Without Ronald McDonald House parents from all parts of the state will have no where to stay while there child is in the hospital, and that is not fair to the parents or the children. Local leaders, and hospital CEO's and Chairpeople need to put thereselves in the shoes of parents who live 4 hours away and have very sick babies and children. The last thing an upset, worried, tired new mommy needs is to worry about where she is going to get a few hours of rest because she is so far away from home and can't afford a hotel room. I hope and pray somebody realizes what a valuable place this is and they get the help they need to stay open.
  • by gale Location: Lancaster on Jul 2, 2008 at 04:44 AM
    Why can't the Uk hospital support the Hospital Hospitality House. They spent money on sports and pay Mitch Barnhart a large salary along with others --so I think they need to kick in the money and quit giving so many free rides to students just because they can play a sport ...
  • by Jan Stapleton Location: Pikeville on Jul 1, 2008 at 08:00 PM
    Back in 1982, my husband and I were in a serious car accident, which left him a quadreplegic. I stayed at the hospitality house for 3 months. I would have not been able to stay close to my husband had I not stayed there. It is a wonderful place and many years after I would make donations to the place. Please don;t let this close. It is much needed. All hospitals should be helping to support this house.Many churches should have fundraisers to support this wonderful place for the needs of others. We send too much money outside this country when it is need at home . Love in Christ
  • by Terrance Worthington on Jul 1, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    Just bill the state Medicaid system for any needed funds, it may be slightly slow but their funds are unlimited, a true bottomless barrel.


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