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Renucci Hospitality House celebrates 20 years of accommodating families of Spectrum Health patients

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 23, 2019 – This month, the Renucci Hospitality House marks 20 years of providing homelike and affordable accommodations for families whose loved ones are patients at Spectrum Health Butterworth, Blodgett or Helen DeVos Children’s hospitals.

Each month, approximately 320 families stay at the Renucci House, which is the largest hospitality house in Greater Grand Rapids and among the largest in the country.

“We are so pleased to have a comfortable, convenient and home-like setting to offer families who are often in the middle of a medical emergency,” said Renucci Hospitality House Supervisor Ingrid Chicas. “Additionally, we are grateful and overwhelmed by the ongoing community support. Five or six days every week, volunteers spend countless hours preparing complimentary meals for our guests.”

The Renucci House is located just steps from Butterworth Hospital, offering convenient visits with loved ones hospitalized there. Businesses, church groups and community organizations across West Michigan regularly volunteer at the house to serve meals, greet guests, bake, conduct tours or work in the on-site library.

The $1.6 lead donation for construction came from Peter and Patricia Renucci and their two sons, John and Paul. The Renuccis believed in the importance of having family in close proximity when a loved one is ill or injured.

Here are a few Renucci Hospitality House statistics:

  • More than 53,000 families have stayed at the Renucci House since it opened in 1999.
  • Families pay an average of $45 per night. Private donations and support from the Spectrum Health Foundation also helps cover costs.
  • The shortest visits are one night. The longest one was 16 months.
  • When the 37 rooms are full, which is most of the time, a handful of local hotels provide reduced rates to patient families. The Renucci House also collaborates with Ronald McDonald House and Hope Lodge.
  • Volunteer groups prepare dinners for Renucci House families about 25 days each month.

For more information on the Renucci House and volunteer opportunities there, visit spectrumhealth.org.

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Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,200 medical staff experts, 3,200 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 230 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $483 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2018. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

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Beth Cranson
Media Relations
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Email: elizabeth.cranson@spectrumhealth.org

Rick Jensen
Media Relations
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Email: richard.jensen@spectrumhealth.org