Details for St. Patricks House Advertorial

Celebrating 20 Years of Service in Missoula
Fran Albrecht – Executive Director
Providence Montana Health Foundation

Sponsored Advertising Content

The St. Patrick House is a
unique and special “place like
home” in Missoula, offering
comfort and lodging for patients
and families while they receive
medical treatment and services
from local healthcare providers.
The House provides a place of
respite for individuals to rest,
heal, and gain strength while
they face difficult and often
challenging medical issues. St.
Patrick House operates 365 days
a year, 24 hours a day, opening
its doors to welcome more than
2,000 guests each year. Over the
past 20 years, the House has
served more than 32,000 men,
women, and children.
The dream of lodging for
medical travelers began in the
1970s when Heidi Dewey, spouse
of Missoula physician Dr.
Richard Dewey, realized that
many o f t h e s e individuals
couldn’t a fford t h e c o s t
o f lodging and food while
in Missoula for medical care.
Mrs. Dewey recalls, “I’ll never
forget the night when a young
man arrived alone at St. Pat’s
after a horrible car accident. He
was in critical condition with a
serious head injury. His mother
traveled for many miles to be by
her child’s side without knowing

where she would stay or how she
would afford it. We welcomed
her into our personal home for
two weeks and provided her
with a warm, caring
place, a place like home,
so she could be with
her son. Over the years,
we continued to house
patients like this mother
and their families.”
Dewey’s vision took
flight in 1998, with the
help of then-Foundation
Executive
Director
Jean
Bowman and the Providence
Montana Health Foundation
Board. A historic Victorian
home just steps from St. Patrick
Hospital was purchased, and the
St. Patrick House was officially
fo u n d e d . To d ay, guests are
greeted by a compassionate
staff and enjoy 14 beautifully
decorated private rooms, each
one created with a specific
theme by local professional
interior designers. The recently
renovated kitchen and dining
room addition welcomes guests
with warm cookies and fresh
coffee and tea. St.
Patrick
House Manager Jessica Sann
believes the sign hanging in the
kitchen of the home says it all. It
reads, “Welcome. Come in and
stay awhile. Leave all of your
worries at the door for this is a
place of peace. A place to rest,
laugh and love. A place to
gather together and share in
all of the blessings we have
been given. This is a home
in which you will always be
welcome and belong.”
The life-altering stories of
St. Patrick House guests
are a sobering reminder of
how important the House

is to those it serves. A patient
commuting two hours each way
for an appointment discovers
that he needs to stay in Missoula

The St. Patrick House is a
program of the Providence
Montana Health Foundation
and is funded and operated

for blocks of time while receiving
radiation or chemotherapy
treatments. A vacationing family
driving down the interstate finds
their lives tragically altered
when a drunk driver hits them
head-on and kills their son.

through private, philanthropic
support. The House would not
be here today if it weren’t for
the generosity of people from
the Missoula community and
beyond. For guests who cannot
afford the modest fee, there is
no charge. A St. Patrick House
“Welcome Home Fund” has
been established to cover the
lodging costs for these patients.

A wife of 50 years anxiously
awaits her husband’s prognosis
after his sudden stroke,
wondering what she’ll
do if he passes on.
Whatever the health
condition, tragedy, or
need, it is clear that the
St. Patrick House is a
gift of love and service
to Missoula and the
greater community.

As St. Patrick House celebrates
their 20 year anniversary, they
continue to look towards the
future. Their goal is to ensure
the House’s “legacy of service”
endures for those in need
for another 20 years. Learn
more about the history of the
St. Patrick House, make an
honorary or memorial gift for
the 20 year anniversary, and tour
the house online, by searching
“St. Patrick House Missoula.”
Celebrating 20 Years of Service in Missoula Fran Albrecht – Executive Director Providence Montana Health Foundation Sponsored Advertising Content The St. Patrick House is a unique and special “place like home” in Missoula, offering comfort and lodging for patients and families while they receive medical treatment and services from local healthcare providers. The House provides a place of respite for individuals to rest, heal, and gain strength while they face difficult and often challenging medical issues. St. Patrick House operates 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, opening its doors to welcome more than 2,000 guests each year. Over the past 20 years, the House has served more than 32,000 men, women, and children. The dream of lodging for medical travelers began in the 1970s when Heidi Dewey, spouse of Missoula physician Dr. Richard Dewey, realized that many o f t h e s e individuals couldn’t a fford t h e c o s t o f lodging and food while in Missoula for medical care. Mrs. Dewey recalls, “I’ll never forget the night when a young man arrived alone at St. Pat’s after a horrible car accident. He was in critical condition with a serious head injury. His mother traveled for many miles to be by her child’s side without knowing where she would stay or how she would afford it. We welcomed her into our personal home for two weeks and provided her with a warm, caring place, a place like home, so she could be with her son. Over the years, we continued to house patients like this mother and their families.” Dewey’s vision took flight in 1998, with the help of then-Foundation Executive Director Jean Bowman and the Providence Montana Health Foundation Board. A historic Victorian home just steps from St. Patrick Hospital was purchased, and the St. Patrick House was officially fo u n d e d . To d ay, guests are greeted by a compassionate staff and enjoy 14 beautifully decorated private rooms, each one created with a specific theme by local professional interior designers. The recently renovated kitchen and dining room addition welcomes guests with warm cookies and fresh coffee and tea. St. Patrick House Manager Jessica Sann believes the sign hanging in the kitchen of the home says it all. It reads, “Welcome. Come in and stay awhile. Leave all of your worries at the door for this is a place of peace. A place to rest, laugh and love. A place to gather together and share in all of the blessings we have been given. This is a home in which you will always be welcome and belong.” The life-altering stories of St. Patrick House guests are a sobering reminder of how important the House is to those it serves. A patient commuting two hours each way for an appointment discovers that he needs to stay in Missoula The St. Patrick House is a program of the Providence Montana Health Foundation and is funded and operated for blocks of time while receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatments. A vacationing family driving down the interstate finds their lives tragically altered when a drunk driver hits them head-on and kills their son. through private, philanthropic support. The House would not be here today if it weren’t for the generosity of people from the Missoula community and beyond. For guests who cannot afford the modest fee, there is no charge. A St. Patrick House “Welcome Home Fund” has been established to cover the lodging costs for these patients. A wife of 50 years anxiously awaits her husband’s prognosis after his sudden stroke, wondering what she’ll do if he passes on. Whatever the health condition, tragedy, or need, it is clear that the St. Patrick House is a gift of love and service to Missoula and the greater community. As St. Patrick House celebrates their 20 year anniversary, they continue to look towards the future. Their goal is to ensure the House’s “legacy of service” endures for those in need for another 20 years. Learn more about the history of the St. Patrick House, make an honorary or memorial gift for the 20 year anniversary, and tour the house online, by searching “St. Patrick House Missoula.”

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