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Fox Chase Cancer Center and Hosts for Hospitals Offer A Helping Hand to Families of Patients

PHILADELPHIA -- Fox Chase Cancer Center has partnered with Hosts for Hospitals, a non-profit organization based in Merion, PA, to help the families of cancer patients. Hosts for Hospitals offers free or low-cost housing for out-of-town families of patients receiving care at medical facilities in the Philadelphia area. 

Local residents, who have a spare room in their home, volunteer to serve as hosts to the patients' families. The hosts live within easy access to hospitals. They provide a clean and comfortable place to stay as well as directions to their home, the hospital and area grocery stores, restaurants and other helpful places.

To be accepted into the program, volunteer hosts must undergo a screening process and a home visit with someone from Hosts for Hospitals.

Guests must meet several criteria to participate, which include:

  • living so far from the hospital that commuting is difficult;
  • having a permanent home to return to;
  • and being an important support person for the patient receiving medical care at a Philadelphia area hospital.

 Guests must also provide a personal reference as part of the application process. 

The program is modeled upon the Boston-based Hospitality Program which last year alone provided over 7,700 nights of lodging through its network of 150 hosts.

For more information about this service or to volunteer as a host, please call Hosts for Hospitals at (610) 660-6667 or e-mail at

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at:

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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