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Rose Hill House
Rose Hill Hospitality House
My sister was recently very ill, she had pneumonia in both of her lungs and was placed in ICU at a hospital called St. Mary's in Grand Junction, CO. My sister lives in Moab Utah which is about 120 miles away from Grand Junction. I currently live in Oklahoma (about 11 hours away from Grand Junction.) I left on a Thursday morning for the hospital and arrived later that evening after a very stressful trip. There was a lot of confusion going on over the condition of my sister days before I left and I should have been there sooner. My 18 year old niece was there taking care of her mom by being by her beside, my mother was doing my sisters job as a courier for banks and hospitals, (seven days a week) and my sisters husband was working (he works a lot of long hours.) My niece was there alone for the most part. My niece could not stay in the room with her mother when she was placed in ICU and ending up staying the night in the hospital waiting room. A nurse had noticed that my niece had slept in the waiting room and approached her with the idea of putting her on a waiting list for the hospitals Rose Hill Hospitality House. My niece was able to get a room in that house immediately.
I would like to share a little bit about this house with my friends, family, and fans.
Rose Hill Hospitality House is guesthouse accommodations for family and patients of St. Mary's Hospital and Regional Medical Center. Accommodations are based on medical, financial and personal circumstances. It is a non-profit organization with paid and volunteer staff. It is located conveniently about half a block from the hospital with staff that are eager to make your stay as relaxing for you as possible.
In the winter of 1994, cars and vans with blanket shrouded windows became a common sight in the visitors parking lot at St. Mary's Hospital. People from out of town with ill family members were sleeping in their vehicles to remain close to their loved ones.
Envisioning a place where families could sleep, shower, and re-energize themselves after often exhausting hours at a patent's bedside, St. Mary's Hospital opened the doors of Rose Hill Hospitality House on March 23, 1998. Within seven hours of opening, thirty guests filled the house.
Since that first day, Rose Hill House has provided a comfortable, home like setting where families can have a rest from the the often critical concerns for the health of a loved one. In the past ten years, Rose Hill House has served more than 14,000 guests from 48 states and 29 foreign countries. As the regional medical center and primary care provider between Denver and Salt Lake City, St. Mary's has seen rapid growth over the past decade. This growth creates increased need for patient care space which means an increase in the need for a safe. comforting environment for patients' family members.
I was relieved to know that when I arrived in Grand Junction that my niece had talked with the staff at Rose Hill House to ask permission for my daughter and I to stay in the room she was currently staying in. The trip was obviously not planned and money was scarse for everyone. We were welcomed into the house with open arms. The room my niece was in had a double bed and we got a roll-away bed from the staff. We were comfortable and well taken care of. The staff went out of their way to make sure that we had everything we needed to be comfortable.
Rose Hill House became a place of solace for me in the few short days that I was there. The staff always had a kind word and were eager to listen if you needed to talk. After the hectic days of spending my time at the hospital I would go back to the house, take a hot bath or shower, fix myself a cup of hot chocolate or spiced cider and sit out on the patio while taking in the stars. This became my nightly routine, I could relax, be by myself and release the stress of the day. I am very thankful that I was able to have that time.
My sister made remarkable steps in her recovery and was released to go home on Sunday afternoon. I left Rose Hill house on Monday morning and returned home that evening. I was not able to leave a donation at the time of my departure, as I had just enough money to buy my gas for the trip home. I wish that I had been able to do something for this great place and great people who had done so very much for me and family. I did take a donation envelope with me and plan on sending money as soon as possible.
Rose Hill House is currently trying to expand. The need for more rooms is great, as many people have to be turned away for lack of space. The expansion would include four new double bedrooms, five new single bedrooms and two handicapped accessible bedrooms that will add to the eleven rooms that already exist.
I will never forget the generousity shown to me here at this little house called Rose Hill. I hope that anyone who reads this will feel the warmth of this place I got to call home for a few days. I will include in this hub, the address to Rose Hill House if anyone might be interested in sending a donation. I know that the current economy is hard for us all, but even you can just send five dollars, it would be enough to buy a box of hot chocolate mix for someone like me who needed that time to relax.
St. Mary's Hospital Foundation
Rose Hill Donation
P.O. Box 1628
Grand Junction, CO. 81502-1628
(The items in bold text was taken from brochures of Rose Hill Hospitality House.)