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.