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Lexington Hope Lodge available to UK Healthcare workers in partnership with American Cancer Society

At a time when many health systems are turning to community partners for support, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has stepped in to offer housing for health care workers unable to go home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Lexington, ACS is partnering with the University of Kentucky to provide respite for health care workers at its 64-bed Hope Lodge facility.

Hope Lodge opens doors to health care workers

In March, ACS made the heartbreaking decision to suspend the program that offers housing to cancer patients at more than 30 Hope Lodge facilities across the country, including the Hope Lodge in Lexington. After consultation with medical experts and CDC guidelines, ACS recognized it was no longer able to ensure patient safety as the coronavirus continued to rapidly spread across the country.

ACS is adapting to keep pace with the escalating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which has created a shortage of resources at hospitals and other health care systems. With now-empty rooms at our Hope Lodge facilities, ACS recognized a need that could be filled by offering its facilities to health care workers during the crisis.

“This pandemic is going to have many making very difficult decisions. For us, suspending our Hope Lodge program was agonizing, but the dangers are too great for our immunocompromised residents,” said Wayne White, Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society. “We appreciate how our valuable partners are critical in managing the impact of COVID-19 on the community and on our patients.

“My daughter is a physician on the frontline, so I am personally very proud that we are making this commitment to support those who are working day and night to heal those in need. It is the right thing to do for cancer patients, our communities and our mission.”

Cancer hasn’t stopped, and neither has the American Cancer Society

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, ACS continues to be available 24/7 as an invaluable resource for providing most accurate, up-to-date information at a time when cancer patients are more vulnerable than ever.

“Nearly 80 percent of our incoming calls to our National Cancer Information Center are related to COVID-19,” said White. “We have also moved many of our programs to a virtual platform, including Reach To Recovery, Cancer Survivors Network, Springboard Beyond Cancer, Personal Health Manager, ‘tlc’ – Tender Loving Care, Caregiver Video Series and Patient Navigation.”

Those looking for resources can call the National Cancer Information Center around the clock through the toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345 or find additional information, including how to support cancer programs, at cancer.org.

From American Cancer Society

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