Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, HBA Cares Celebrate John Zay Guest House Expansion

“We estimate that this addition will enable us to provide as many as 4,000 additional nights of lodging per year.

HBA Cares, the philanthropic arm of the Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (CSHBA), and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services celebrated the completed expansion to the John Zay Guest House (“The House That Love Built”) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Mon. Oct. 30 at 2131 N. Tejon St. in Colorado Springs.

The expansion has nearly doubled the size of the Guest House, adding nine new rooms and two suites for families who live more than 30 miles from Penrose Hospital and whose loved ones are undergoing critical medical treatments. The John Zay Guest House has run near full capacity since its opening in 2008, with wait lists as long as 20 parties.

As Penrose-St. Francis’ reputation as a regional center of excellence for oncology and cardiovascular services grows, need will only increase for the complimentary lodging and loving support services offered by Guest House staff.

“We were bursting at the seams,” said Sister Lou Krippel, manager of the John Zay Guest House. “We estimate that this addition will enable us to provide as many as 4,000 additional nights of lodging per year. These are people who might have otherwise ended up on the wait list. HBA Cares has been an incredible partner in supporting our mission to help more patients and their families.”

HBA Cares and the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation partnered to raise approximately $2.5 million in funds, services, materials and in-kind donations to drive the project. These initiatives are spearheaded at HBA Cares by “builder-captains,” who solicit hands-on help from member tradespeople and manage the project to completion. George Hess III, founder and CEO of Vantage Homes Corp. and a CSHBA board member, served as a builder-captain for the addition project – a role he also filled when HBA Cares rallied its members and supporters to partner with the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation to build the original John Zay Guest House in 2008.

“We’ve all been touched in some way during our lives by an illness that requires extended treatments,” said Hess. “The John Zay Guest House helps to ease the pain of…

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