Good Shepherd opens the Shepherd House

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Released by the Good Shepherd Medical Center:

LONGVIEW, TX - Thursday, Good Shepherd Medical Center hosted an open house to introduce The Shepherd House to donors, community members and employees. The Shepherd House is a low-cost, convenient living accommodation for family members who need a place to stay close to the hospital when they have a critically ill family member. The facility will officially open its doors on Thursday, April 1, to begin receiving guests.

With contributions made to the Good Shepherd Foundation through the 2009 Gold Rush, the hospital recently purchased this home to be used for this purpose. The funds raised also supported the renovations to the home that created accommodations for four families. Parents of a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or the spouse of a critically ill patient in the Intensive Care Unit will find The Shepherd House to be a warm, comfortable home away from home.

"We know many times families are unprepared to come be with a family member who has experienced a trauma so these accommodations will meet the needs of those who don't live in the immediate area," said Ed Banos, president and chief executive officer. "We also know that parents of our NICU patients who may remain admitted patients of the unit for an extended length of time may find this service beneficial so they can stay overnight and rest near their baby."

Good Shepherd realizes many patients come from surrounding East Texas counties and have no one to stay with or limited financial resources to stay in hotels. The Shepherd House will meet this need for many.

The home has been renovated to create four private bedroom and bath suites, a common kitchen, dining room and a great room. The Good Shepherd Foundation continues to seek contributions to support the operations of this worthy project. For more information, please contact the Good Shepherd Foundation at (903) 315-5279 or visit their Web site at