If you or a loved one is a patient at the Avera Queen of Peace Hospital or Avera Queen of Peace Cancer Center in Mitchell and you live out of town, the last thing you want to worry about is finding a place to stay. That's exactly why Avera Queen of Peace provides the Hospitality House. It located a few blocks away and always has the welcome mat out.
When Barb Travis is at the Avera Queen of Peace Hospitality House in Mitchell she truly feels like it's her home away from home. She lives in Platte, as do her ailing parents. Like so many of today's baby boomers, she has become the primary care taker of her parents.
Her 86 year old father Herman Korthals has been getting cancer treatments off and on since 2007 at Avera Queen of Peace Cancer Center. A lot of times they needed to check-in by 6:00 in the morning, so instead of getting up in the middle of the night to drive the 70 miles, they would come the day before and stay at the Hospitality House.
Barb says, "The rooms here are so comfortable. People are here so, if you want, you can share your health stories with them, but if you'd rather be alone it's also very private."
Avera Queen of peace has had the Hospitality House, located on East 6th and Burr, for 7 years. It has 6 bedrooms, a living room with a big screen television, a game room and a beautiful backyard patio landscaped by volunteers. There is always a volunteer on duty during the work day to register people, show them around and when the guests leave they wash the sheets and remake the bed. They don't have a set price, but welcome a $10 donation per night for the first person staying in a room and $3 per night for each additional guest in the same room.
Judy Vogel has volunteered here since it opened. She says, "It's something I like to do. The patient's all seem so appreciative to have someone here."
When your loved one is going through treatment or recovering from surgery you don't know how long your stay will be so another great aspect of the house is its laundry facility. You can wash your clothes and not have to worry about packing for 2 weeks.
Barb says, "This place makes a home away from home. You can come in at anytime and it's just so hospitable here. We couldn't ask for a better place. It's comfortable, convenient and the staff is just great."
And sometimes you need something great like this, to relieve at least one worry at a time when you are consumed with it.
Sadly, Herman Korthals died at 2:10 am Tuesday September 8th with his wife and two daughters (Barb Travis) by his side at the Platte Care Center. Our deepest condolences go out to the family.