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When Families Need to Stay Close
The IMD Guest House Foundation started in response to a critical need for affordable accommodations where family members can stay while their loved one receives medical treatment in the Illinois Medical District area.
Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Guest House serves people in need. The Guest House’s mission has expanded over time to include not only family members, but also the patients themselves, when they travel to Chicago for outpatient treatment. Each person who stays at the Guest House’s facilities is provided with comfortable, affordable accommodations for as long as they need it. The Guest House is the only such facility in Chicago that serves both children and adult patients, and families of children and adult patients, providing comfort and a safe haven at a time when energy must be directed to larger issues. Each of the hospitals in the Illinois Medical District is within walking distance of the Guest House’s accommodations.
IMD Guest House asks for a nominal nightly rate for the accommodations, but no family is ever turned away for their inability to pay.
IMD Guest House – UI Health Transplant Story
Discover the story of Andy and Wayne Bohlmanns stay at IMD Guest House in January 2016.
The Bohlmanns were traveling in Central America when Andy began to experience symptoms of a rare autoimmune disease. They soon realized Andy would be on dialysis unless she received a kidney transplant. They were excited that Wayne could be her donor. The Bohlmanns selected the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health), because the hospital did not turn them away as others had, was able to complete surgery sooner than other options and because IMD Guest House was available to them. Andy is now thriving and she and Wayne are getting back to retirement and the travel they enjoy.