Family House at UNC Hospitals to open

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — SECU Family House, a 40-bedroom hospital hospitality house, has completed its capital and endowment campaign and will open its doors to patients and guests March 31st.

Including a recent $250,000 gift from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, the facility, designed for adult critical care patients and caregivers at UNC Hospitals, has raised a total of $8.1 million in cash and in-kind gifts.

The campaign has allowed Family House to open debt-free, keep a modest operating reserve, and create a $500,000 endowment to offset the cost of lodging for those in need.

Located next to the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill on Old Mason Farm Road, Family House will provide housing and healing to pre- and post-surgical patients from various units at UNC Hospitals.

The facility allows family members and caregivers to stay nearby during lengthy stays to avoid financial, emotional and mental strain, and provides a shuttle to and from the hospital, as well as other services such as laundry facilities and hot meals.

Planning for the house began in 2001 and a naming gift was provided by State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation in 2005.

Family House also received $1 million from the state, $500,000 from UNC Hospitals and $500,000 from William and Gray Clark III of Tarboro, among other gifts.

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