Rosenbaum Family House celebrates 10 years

More than 7,300 families served since 1999

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Ten years ago, Rosenbaum Family House opened its doors to patients and families traveling to Morgantown to receive medical care at West Virginia University Hospitals.

In that time, a total of 7,390 families have found it to be a temporary home away from home. Those families have come from all across in West Virginia, several states and more than a dozen foreign countries.

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 on July 12, 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. No family is turned away for inability to pay.

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. Guests are permitted to stay as long as their patient is undergoing treatment.

To celebrate 10 years of serving patients at WVUH, internal events for WVUH employees and a community event are planned during National Hospital Hospitality House Week, July 20-26.

Internally, several departments throughout WVUH are hosting a variety of fundraisers, including raffles and candy and bake sales.

Employees will also have the opportunity to participate in a “Cakeapalooza,” which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 24 at Family House. This cake competition will feature employees’ culinary skills with cakes baked and decorated with a “happy birthday” theme. Prizes will be awarded.

The celebration will wrap up with a community event, which will be held at 7 p.m. on August 1 at Family House. Those who attend the “Take the Cake Birthday Bash” will have the opportunity to tour the floors of Family House, where food and entertainment will be provided. Local bakers have been invited to participate in a cake competition. Prizes will again be awarded. Tickets are $35.

For more information on the “Take the Cake Birthday Bash,” contact Suzanne Likins, development specialist for Rosenbaum Family House, at 304-598-6094 ext. 4 or by e-mail at likinssu@wvuh.com.

For information on Rosenbaum Family House see http://health.wvu.edu/rosenbaum/index.aspx.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 07-08-09

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