The Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House was founded in 1980 by All Saints Episcopal Church in response to a call from Crawford Long Hospital (now Emory Midtown) for affordable housing for cardiac patients and their families. For over three decades, AHHH has provided over 30,000 patients and their families with more than 140,000 nights of affordable and comfortable lodging and nutritious meals each evening. AHHH supports our guests so they can focus on healing themselves or their loved one and to manage what is usually the crisis of their lives. Our guests come from across the country, but most are from the rural Southeast. Sixty percent are from rural Georgia, where hospital closings and reductions in acute care services are obliging an increasing number of critically ill residents to come to Atlanta for medical treatment.
In 2018, over 800 patients and family members (over 3500 nights of stay) recovered or restored themselves in AHHH’s 10 bedroom, historic, Cator-Woolford mansion, cottage, and award winning rock garden in the serenity of the Fernbank Forest. AHHH is located in close proximity to our healthcare partners; last year Emory’s University Hospital and the Winship Cancer Center social workers and chaplains referred over 70% patients and their loved ones to AHHH for lodging. The remainder of our guests are referred by social workers at the VA Medical Center, Grady Hospital, Piedmont Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Marcus Autism Center, DeKalb Medical Center and an array of clinics. Among our guests are patients or the loved ones of patients who are recovering from cancer, an organ transplant, cardiac surgery, PTSD or traumatic injury. The majority of our guests are families, large and small, who have gathered from around the state and country to care for a critically ill or traumatically injured loved one in a hospital nearby. Young parents stay with us for extended periods while their children receive intensive behavior therapy at the Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta or at Hillside Adolescent Treatment Center. AHHH guests can stay for a day or many months, for as long as they need to manage their health crisis.
All of our guests are extremely vulnerable and many are financially drained. Chronic or severe illness often compels patients and caregivers to leave their jobs and their homes for extended periods, piling difficult financial worries onto an overwhelming medical burden. The Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House is unique – we are the only facility of our kind in Atlanta that accepts all patients and families regardless of illness, family size, relationship to patient or ability to pay.