By Mark Ambrogi
St.Vincent Health officials saw a need to help families who need to be close to loved ones.
Thus, St.Vincent House has been established to ease that burden for people who might have a family member under care for extended period of time or even a week or two.
“We are serving all families that have patients at St.Vincent, so that includes St.Vincent Hospital, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, Women’s Hospital, so we’re serving all ages,” said Connie Cripe, director of St.Vincent House and Noblesville resident.
Cripe said the house was built as part of a St.Vincent Foundation capital campaign. He said it was a little more than $8 million in funding to create the house, which opened April 20 at 2031 Dugan Dr., Indianapolis. The house is directly behind Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
There are 20 rooms available.
“Basically, if they really need a place to stay, if they have someone in the hospital for an extended period of time or even a week or two, this is providing them with a home away from home where they can go,” Cripe said. “Each room has two full beds, Wi-Fi in the room, a TV and a bathroom.”
There is a chapel, meditation spaces, playground, playroom, library, healing garden, walking trail, laundry facilities and kitchen facilities. There is a shuttle to the hospital.
“We’re encouraging people to make meals for our families and we have a signup sheet online,” Cripe said.
Cripe said they are asking for a $20 rental fee per night.
“But we will obviously work with the families that are unable to pay the $20,” Cripe said.
Cripe, who previously worked for the Ronald McDonald House for 12 years, said families must be referred by their social worker.
For more, visit give.stvincent.org/StVHouse.