John Zay Guest House Addition
On Monday, October 30, the John Zay Guest House celebrated the opening of a newly-constructed addition to the main house. Approximately 100 people joined together to participate in the blessing of the structure, which contains 11 mini-suites and will provide between 3,600 and 4,000 additional nights of lodging for patients and their families.
Since its opening, the original John Zay Guest House has almost always been full, with a consistent waiting list of 7 to 10 families. There have been as many as 20 parties waiting for a room -enough to more than fill an entire second house.
As Penrose-St. Francis’ reputation as a regional center of excellence for oncology and cardiovascular services continues to grow, this need has increased, with more patients and families from outside Colorado Springs needing accommodation.
With this in mind, we began a campaign to raise money for an addition to the original Guest House.
On May 11, 2017, the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation was pleased to announce that we had raised the $2 million in estimated project costs, enabling us to break ground on the much-needed expansion to the John Zay Guest House. Groundbreaking on the project took place on June 23, 2017.
This achievement is additionally significant, as the project was funded entirely by philanthropic donations made by individual donors and local-area foundations. The local Housing & Building Association, through their philanthropic arm “HBA Cares”, coordinated and secured $500,000 of donated services and materials.
This wonderful community asset is now open and welcoming patients and their families – providing a place in close proximity to the hospital while their loved one receives the care and treatment they need.
Healing the whole person in body, mind and spirit, is truly emphasized at the John Zay Guest House. The house is managed by Sister Lou Krippel and Mickey Zay, John Zay’s widow, and dedicated volunteers who console, pray and celebrate with house guests. A member of the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses Inc., the guest house is located at:
2131 North Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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