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The expansion project includes the purchase and renovation of another facility outside of the main campus, allowing Kevin Guest House to accommodate more patients at the highest possible level of service.
In 2015, more guests from Cattaraugus County came to Kevin Guest House than anywhere else, accounting for 15% of all stays, according to Kate Heidinger, Kevin Guest House Campaign & Development Officer.
On average, 124 Cattaraugus County residents stay at Kevin Guest House each year. Of all yearly stays, guests from Cattaraugus County stay an average of 532 nights out of 3,525 total guest stays, Ms. Heidinger added.
That impact for Cattaraugus County residents influenced CRCF’s board in the decision to approve the grant, said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit.
“Kevin Guest House offers a special and unique service to Cattaraugus County residents,” said Ms. Buchheit. “Community Fund grants are meant to meet the needs of the Cattaraugus Region community, and Kevin Guest House serves the needs of patients in recovery.”
Southern Tier residents are often referred to Buffalo area hospitals for special care from facilities like Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo General Medical Center, Gates Vascular Institute and Erie County Medical Center. Staying at Kevin Guest House allows patients a closer proximity to these facilities and increases the likelihood of compliance with recommended treatments, said Heidinger.
The expansion project includes additional suites and living spaces, along with new work stations that provide guests a space to conduct business, pay bills or attend to home life during their stay. The expansion project will also introduce a new entertainment room for guests to enjoy movie nights and televised sporting events together.
Kitchenettes will also be included as part of the new suites, providing a homey atmosphere and an alternative to group dinners at the main campus, said Ms. Heidinger.
The expansion project is expected to be complete and open for guests by the summer of 2017, said Heidinger.
"We are simply thrilled to have the support of the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation,” Ms. Heidinger said. “This gift is a testament to the hospitality that Kevin Guest House works hard to provide to our neighbors traveling to Buffalo from the Cattaraugus region.”
“This gift will help ensure our expansion plans stay the course, and that the doors to the Russell J. Salvatore Hospitality House at the Kevin Guest House Campus will open on time in Summer 2017,” she continued. “This grant will help us to host more patients and families traveling to Buffalo for medical care, allowing Kevin Guest House to be their home away from home during difficult medical times."
Donations can be made to the Community Fund to support grants like this one at 301 North Union St., Suite 203, or online at cattfoundation.org.
Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).