Friday, June 4, 2010

Hackerman-Patz House Provides Haven for Families

If you or someone you love is sick, all you want to do is concentrate your attention on recovery.

One thing that can help you put your mind at ease is not having to worry about where you and/or your loved ones will stay when you’re not at the hospital.

That’s why the Hackerman-Patz House was built.

It’s located on the Sinai/Levindale campus, and people being cared for at both hospitals have a comfortable, clean and convenient place to rest afterward.

“The Hackerman-Patz House is a save haven for people to unwind after undergoing out-patient procedures or to relax after providing comfort to a sick friend or relative,” says William “Bill” Turner, director of the Hackerman-Patz House.

“Not having to get into a car and go to a hotel - in many cases only to have to return to the hospital the next day - means less stress and more time to concentrate on what’s important…the health of the person who’s not feeling well!”

Rooms at the Hackerman-Patz House are handicap-accessible with sitting areas, microwaves, refrigerators, cable TV, wireless Internet, DVD players and too many other conveniences to name.

Patients being treated in the LifeBridge Health system, their friends and/or their families can stay at the house, whether it’s for one night or as long as a year.

“The building itself is nice,” says Amy Scholnick-Powderly, an administrative assistant at the Hackerman-Patz House. “But what makes it really special is the feeling that our guests have. There’s a sense of camaraderie and being with people who understand what each other is going through.”

Gwenn Eisenberg agrees. “I choose to volunteer my time at the Hackerman-Patz House because I love knowing that I make a difference in people’s lives, no matter how big or small. I also love meeting people from around the world, who stay there while undergoing procedures," she says.

In fact, in addition to the local patients and families at the Hackerman-Patz House, people from more than 50 countries and all 50 states have also called it their “home away from home.”

Parking is free and room rates are reasonable. For more information, you can call 410-601-5163 or log onto wturner (at)

-Helene King

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