Category Archives: Bannister Family House a Haven of Hope

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Imagine having a family member in critical care or long term care at the hospital and not having the funds to stay in a hotel meaning your nights and days are spent in a chair.  Causing the patient anxiety and stress to see their loved ones in discomfort and making the healing process harder on the patient.  Situated close to UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, the Bannister House provides a haven of comfort and hope for families who share this experience and concern.  In a home like environment this non medical atmosphere serves as a retreat of home and stress,  If the walls could talk they would share stories of thousands of guests who have laughed, cried, prayed and rejoiced during their stay.

The home was provided in 1994 by the late Ralph Bannister who’s generous donation enables UC San Diego Health to construct the Bannister Family House in member of his wife and daughter.  Although the Family House is affiliated with UC San Diego Health, it is not funded by the revenue generated from clinical services.  The house relies on donations and private support of individuals, corporation and foundations to operate on a daily basis.   The house is open 365 days a year and families are asked for a nominal fee per night to help defray costs for upkeep and operation.   Aside from Ronald McDonald home there is nothing available like Bannister for patients support system.  

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