7 Things to Know About the Guest House

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November 11, 2016
Exterior Rendering of Rood Family Pavilion
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The Gary and Christine Rood Family Pavilion, at right.

With construction of the Gary and Christine Rood Family Pavilion underway, we wanted to share seven must-know elements of the guest house.

1. The Gary and Christine Rood Family Pavilion will be a five-story guest house with six levels of parking, providing temporary lodging for patients and families who travel long distances to OHSU for specialized care. The guest house will be operated in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & Southwest Washington.

We are fortunate to have an extraordinary partner in Ronald McDonald House Charities. OHSU is raising money to build the facility. Once built, RMHC will provide services and programming to all pediatric families and management services for adult patients.

2. The Rood Family Pavilion is very close to the hospital.

We know it’s important for families to stay close to where their loved one is receiving treatment. That's why we're building the guest house less than a block away from the Portland Aerial Tram on the South Waterfront Campus. This four-minute ride provides direct access to the Marquam Hill Campus, including Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The guest house will also be across the street from the new outpatient cancer treatment facility, scheduled to open in 2019.

3. The guest house serves patients of all ages.

Doernbecher families are eligible to stay at the guest house if they have a child in treatment under the age of 21, reside at least 30 miles away and are referred by their Doernbecher social worker.

For adult patients, OHSU will prioritize those who live 30 miles or more away from OHSU, those who need to stay for two or more nights, and those who would need to leave by 5 a.m. to get to OHSU for their appointment or return home at 10 p.m. or later.

4. The Rood Family Pavilion is more than a place to sleep.

The Rood Family Pavilion will include amenities and programs designed to reduce stress, build community and promote healing for the whole family.

An entire floor will be dedicated to community activities and will include a fitness room, indoor areas designed for children's play and adult relaxation for children to play and communal kitchens.

Guests will have access to an expansive outdoor area that will include a Zen garden for adults and the Silver Family Children’s Park, a play space designed with the needs of Doernbecher patients of all mobilities in mind.

Guests will also have access to onsite free parking, laundry, wifi and a business center to support parents, caregivers, and patients who need to work remotely when they are away from home.

5. Guests will stay for free or at a very low cost.

Families with a child at Doernbecher will not have to pay to stay at the Rood Family Pavilion, thanks to the support of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Adult room rates will be well below an average hotel stay, and there will be opportunities for financial assistance for families who qualify.

6. There are 76 guest suites in the Rood Family Pavilion.

Of the 76 suites, 38 are dedicated to pediatric patients, and the other 38 are dedicated to adult patients. Nine of the rooms include private kitchenettes to meet the needs of immunocompromised patients.

Because we want our patients focused on healing, not housing, there are no set restrictions on length of stay.

7. The guest house received its name through a generous gift from Gary and Christine Rood.

In April of 2016, OHSU received $12 million from Gary and Christine Rood of Vancouver, Wash., to help construct the guest house. The Roods are longtime residents of Clark County and have been involved in administering and managing heath- and senior-care projects for more than 25 years. Read more about the Roods.

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