Rosenbaum Family House cookbook available for preorder

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Friends of West Virginia University Hospital’s Rosenbaum Family House will soon have the opportunity to bring a taste of the house to their own homes with a cookbook.

Rosenbaum Family House Family and Friends Cookbook is a collection of more than 500 recipes contributed by Family House guests, staff, friends, family members and WVU physicians.

“It’s a good project that fits the Family House,” Suzanne Likins, Family House development specialist, said. “People who contribute recipes feel like they’ve given back to Family House because they’ve given something that has a special meaning to them.”

Rosenbaum Family House was the dream born of tragedy for the family of Hilda Rosenbaum, who co-owned a clothing store in downtown Morgantown with her husband, Richard. Two of their three children, Nancy and Richard, were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. In the 1950s, WVU Hospitals did not exist, so Hilda was forced to travel around the country in search of help. She spent many nights sleeping on cots in hospital rooms where she did not have the support of friends or social services.

Though she lost Nancy at age 6, Hilda fought for Richard’s life and traveled with him to find the care he needed. She also fought to bring that care to Morgantown. To make sure those who traveled to Morgantown for care didn’t have to go it alone like she did, Hilda’s founding donation combined with the gifts of individuals and businesses in the community resulted in the creation of Rosenbaum Family House, which officially opened in July 1999.

Connected to Ruby Memorial Hospital, the Family House is available to adult patients and their caregivers who live more than 50 miles from Morgantown. While here, each family is asked to pay $15 per night. It costs $40 per night per room to operate the Family House. Donations from guests and others make up the difference. For those who cannot afford the $15 per night, payment arrangements can be made – no family is turned away for inability to pay. Guests are permitted to stay as long as their patient is undergoing treatment.

Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will benefit Family House. Each book costs $16 and can be preordered through Family House. Cash and checks will be accepted.

For more information on the cookbook or to preorder a copy, contact Suzanne Likins at 304-598-6094 ext. 4.

For information on Rosenbaum Family House see www.health.wvu.edu/rosenbaum.




For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
asj: 03-16-09

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