The Herring Guest House, located immediately across the street from the Providence St. Mary Medical Center campus, offers home-like accommodations for Cancer Center guests and their family members from throughout the region.
The home includes five bedrooms and two-plus bathrooms, as well as cooking and laundry facilities. Guests of the Herring House can prepare their own meals in the home's fully equipped kitchen, eat in the Providence St. Mary cafeteria, or take advantage of local restaurants just minutes away by car or by foot. Housekeeping services are provided once a week, as are clean linens and towels.
A $10-a-night lodging fee is charged to those guests who can afford it.
A local bus service from the Herring House to the Cancer Center is available for those patients who might find the brief walk too taxing.
"Not only did it offer a comfortable, affordable and safe refuge for me, it's proximity to the hospital provided an incalculable sense of security for (my husband)," one Herring House guest wrote. "Being so close to the hospital allowed me to rest well through the short nights so I could be with (my husband) through his interminably long days of illness.
"When his condition, medications or fear compelled him to call for me in the night, I was able to be by his side in, literally, moments -- without starting a car, calling for a taxi or having to contend with traffic or distance. Though (my husband) never saw the inside of the Herring House, just knowing I was across the street was enough to help settle him so he could rest for the coming day. Additionally, knowing that the staff would call me if needed allowed us both to stay better rested."