Beacon house has a plan, and you are a big part of it.
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Since we first opened our doors on Third Street in Marquette, we’ve been taking care of people in medical crises from Bessemer to the Soo, from Copper Harbor to Menominee, and then some! These people are your neighbors, your friends, perhaps your family, perhaps you.
Two hundred thousand guest-nights have been provided so far, and with your help, we’ll continue our mission and keep providing care without too long of an interruption. With the hospital moving, we need to move. In order to do that, we need to sell what we have and build new. We’ve listed the property for sale and created a plan to open the new house in 2019 with Phase I.
Our new house will be designed to be a Hospitality House, from the ground up.
Our floor plan will be welcoming to all families. Using U.P. contractors and donated services, we hope to be able to start building as close to the opening of UPHS-Marquette in 2018. A grass-roots campaign “Legacy of Love” includes every U.P. community coming together.
Phase I – 2019
When we reach $3 million in pledges, we’ll break ground and begin construction of a 20 room Beacon House on the property the hospital is leasing to us at no charge. This first phase will feature all the important aspects of the new Beacon House, including the registration lobby, kitchen and dining room, cancer lounge, guest lounge, conference rooms and the first 20 guest rooms.
How You Can Help
$250,000 is needed for our 2018 program operations
- From donations, fundraising proceeds, and grants
$2.5 million more is needed to break ground on Phase 1
- From one-time gifts and pledges spread over five years
We hope to raise $1.5 million from the sale of the existing building, netting $600,000 after building-loans and the taxes from the building sale are paid. The proceeds will be used to begin an endowment for the future debt-free operations of the new Beacon House.
Hospitality houses need to be within walking distance of hospitals. When lives are on the line, seconds count.
Why Move? When a family member or loved on is in medical crisis, proximity means everything. Beacon House services people from all outlying areas of the Upper Peninsula, many of whom are not familiar with the city of Marquette. When dealing with life or death situations at UPHS-Marquette, our guests are sometimes weak, sick, and emotionally distraught. Often, they have traveled more than 100 miles to get here, and it is our mission to alleviate as many burdens as possible.
As the hospital finishes construction, Beacon House’s current facilities are 15 blocks away. It’s just too far. There is a strong correlation between proximity to healthcare services and recovery. For an already vulnerable group, it’s important Beacon House continues to provide ease of access to medical services, as close to the hospital as possible.
Handicap & Elderly
- With multiple appointments at the hospital, the daily commute can be problematic for the elderly and handicap. Especially in winter, a patient with mobility issues navigating across town is logistically difficult. Once they’re here, many of our elderly guests choose not to drive entirely. Traveling 15 blocks in an unfamiliar city adds unneeded stress to their regime, and can be dangerous for those not accustomed to local traffic.
Children and Families
- When families stay together in medical crisis it’s been shown to improve the outcome of the patient. It’s important for them to be close for urgent response. It’s much easier to juggle all the needs of a small children when you’re nearby.
NICU Mothers and Babies
- Breast feeding babies receiving care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit need to be fed every three hours. Mothers need to be close by. When they’re still recovering from child birth, commuting across town is not an option.
- Seconds count. After spending hours awaiting recovery of a loved on in the hospital, doctors may call on family members to be available at bedside for important decisions. We need our guests to be their own 24/7 patient advocates, and available at a moment’s notice when their doctors call.
Recovering from Surgery or Receiving Chemotherapy
- Some of our guests can only make it from a chair to a couch after their treatment. Navigating 15 blocks to the hospital would be exhausting. Treatment often leaves our guests weak. We want our guests to be rested and comfortable to make a full recovery.
- Shuttles Aren’t the Solution
- Shuttle services can be expensive, impersonal, and unreliable. Our guests need 24-hour access to patients in case of emergency situations and cannot exclusively depend on secondary transportation services.