University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute Holds Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of Hackerman-Patz House
For immediate release: November 05, 2015
Facility Will Provide Home-Away-From-Home for Families Facing Extended Stays to Support Loved Ones
BALTIMORE – Today’s dedication of the newest Hackerman-Patz House means extended stays away from home - sometimes for weeks or even months - for families of patients undergoing specialty care at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute will be more comfortable and supportive.
“As a regional destination center for rehabilitation services, there has been a need to provide families the ability to be near their loved ones and support them during their recovery and care,” says Cynthia A. Kelleher, president and chief executive officer of the UM Rehab & Ortho Institute. “This wonderful new Hackerman-Patz House affords us the opportunity to provide this for the families of our patients.”
Officials from the UM Rehab & Ortho Institute and the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) were joined today at the ribbon-cutting and dedication by Howard Haft, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Timothy J. Regan, president and chief executive officer of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; and former UM Rehab & Ortho Institute patient Shawna Deloney and her parents.
Construction on the UM Rehab & Ortho Institute’s Hackerman-Patz House began in June 2014. The late Willard Hackerman, former CEO of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, and his wife Lillian Patz Hackerman donated $2 million for the construction of the new house. It is the seventh Hackerman-Patz House constructed, including one at UM St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.
“This Hackerman-Patz House will offer a haven for the families of patients who come to the UM Rehab & Ortho Institute for advanced inpatient care not only from within the UMMS system but from across the state and throughout the country,” says Robert A. Chrencik, president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System. “Through the generosity of the Hackerman family, this Hackerman-Patz House will provide a place of respite on campus where families may remain close to their loved ones while they recover.”
Located on the UM Rehab & Ortho Institute’s Kernan Drive campus, the Hackerman-Patz House will provide both affordable lodging and a supportive community environment for families facing similar situations. It is comprised of 10 bedrooms with plans to add another 10 as occupancy grows. Amenities include in-suite bathrooms; a guest laundry room; a great room with desk, computers and a copy machine to function as a business area for guests; a kitchen area with refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave; and a large, spacious patio with lighted seating and an outdoor grill. The entire house – both inside and outside – is ADA accessible. The Hackerman-Patz House will open for its first guests tomorrow, November 6.
“Offering world-class rehabilitative care is important to the health of our community,” says John Chay, chairman of the board of directors for the UM Rehab & Ortho Institute. “We are committed to assuring that this generous gift will be wisely utilized and abundantly cherished.”
“We are proud to have played a small part in the great story that has become the University of Maryland Medical System,” says Timothy J. Regan, of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. “This seventh Hackerman-Patz House is the last that Mr. Hackerman was personally involved with. We are proud to be able to bring the dream of the Hackermans to realization today.”
The UM Rehab & Ortho Institute is continuing to raise additional funds to finish the home’s interior as well as to operate and maintain the home. This will keep guest costs lower for families, such as the family of Shawna Deloney, who shared her story at today’s event.
Shawna experienced a traumatic brain injury in July 2012 and needed intensive rehabilitation. After researching facilities that could provide the best care, her family decided to come to Baltimore two months later from their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma for treatment at the UM Rehab & Ortho Institute. For weeks, her parents, Margaret and Frank Burley, stayed at a nearby hotel and eventually moved to Maryland so their daughter could continue to receive the care she needed.
UM Rehab & Ortho Institute admitted more than 3,200 patients in Fiscal Year 2015. More than 750 patients discharged from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center who needed inpatient rehabilitation sought that care at UM Rehab & Ortho Institute, and the facility provided care for patients from all 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City, and from more than 30 states.
Help Others Like the Burley Family and Shawna – Be a Part of Our Story
Shawna and her family came to the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute from Oklahoma. Since the Hackerman-Patz House opened on our campus during the first week of November, 2015, we have had the privilege of guests staying with us from across Maryland, the United States, and even internationally. You can help assure the completion, furnishing and ongoing maintenance of the house through a sponsorship with naming privileges to a designated area of our house, or by making a one-time or ongoing monthly financial gift of any amount. Every dollar makes a difference and is appreciated. All sponsorships and gifts are fully tax-deductible.
Our promise is to make every donated dollar count. To learn more or to make a donation to support the Hackerman-Patz House, please visit us online at the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation and select "Hackerman-Patz House" from the Choose a program drop-down menu. You may also contact Janet Lutz at 410-448-6890 or email@example.com.
About the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute
The 144-bed University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is the largest inpatient rehabilitation hospital and provider of rehabilitation services in Maryland. Patients make the transition to rehabilitation after recovering from stroke, traumatic injury, orthopaedic surgery and other debilitating conditions. The UM Rehab & Ortho Institute is part of the University of Maryland Medical System, a 12-hospital system of academic, community and specialty hospitals. For more information on the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, go to www.UMRehabOrtho.org.
About University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) currently includes 12 health systems and hospitals across Maryland including the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center; University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center; University of Maryland Medical Center; University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus; University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute; University of Maryland Shore Regional Health; University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center; and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health System, as well as the freestanding University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown and the University of Maryland Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Chestertown. UMMS also operates University of Maryland Medical System Health Plans, a wholly-owned company offering insurance programs for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and operates Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital as a joint venture with Johns Hopkins.