Saint Agnes Hospital
is building a residence that will house the families of patients with long-term illnesses.
Willard Hackerman, CEO of Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
, and wife, Lillian Patz Hackerman, donated $2 million to support the building. To be completed in spring 2012, the Hackerman-Patz House will initially house the Daughters of Charity, the nuns that founded the Catonsville hospital.
The 16-room residence will eventually be equipped with "hotel-style" services, such as housekeeping and a check-in desk for guests, says William Greskovich, the hospital's vice president of operations.
As of now, there is no place for patients' families traveling from outside the state to stay on the hospital campus, Greskovich says.
The 13,000-square-foot, two-story, building will also include a chapel, kitchen, dining room, and community room.
A 314-bed hospital, Saint Agnes was founded in 1862 by the Daughters of Charity to serve the poor. It includes a Cancer Institute, a Women's and Children's Health Institute, an Orthopaedic and Spine Institute, and a Cardiovascular Institute.
Hackerman-Patz houses are located on the campus of other Greater Baltimore hospitals, including Sinai Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Writer: Julekha Dash
Source: William Greskovich, Saint Agnes Hospital