For the past decade, the Hackerman-Patz House has been a home away from home for patients and families receiving care at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN).
A place to de-stress
Born in Trinidad. Akillah Jemmott, 29, came to the U.S. in 2014. That year, her son Omari was born at LVHN. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy caused by a perinatal stroke. To receive the expert pediatric care Omari needed, Akillah had to travel to the Lehigh Valley from the Poconos for care.
“The commute was long,” Akillah says. “In addition to cerebral palsy, my son has multiple diagnoses. Being in and out of the hospital is very stressful, especially when you have to stay in the ICU looking at the same four walls for an extended period.”
In the past seven years, Akillah and her mother have come to the Hackerman-Patz House on multiple occasions. Although Akillah now lives in Whitehall, she still gets back to the house. In 2020, she stayed for more than two weeks.
Ten years of comfort
The Hackerman-Patz House opened its doors July 18, 2011. Located on the campus of LVH–Cedar Crest, the family lodging center offers patients and families a convenient, inexpensive place to rest.
The nightly rate of just $45 per room has not changed in six years. The building has 20 private rooms, a shared kitchen, laundry facilities, an outdoor garden space, a playroom for children and a Great Room for relaxing and making friends. Toiletries and pantry items are all donated.