MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Harrison County Board of Education President Doug Hogue knows firsthand the very important role that Rosenbaum Family House plays in the lives of WVU Healthcare patients and their families.

Hogue stayed in the Family House, located across the parking lot from WVU Healthcare’s Ruby Memorial Hospital, while receiving two bone marrow transplants. The transplants, which took place in 2009 and 2014, required Hogue to remain close to the hospital and resulted in his staying in Family House for 16 total days.

Rosenbaum Family House provides a place for adult patients and their families to stay while receiving medical care at WVU Healthcare. Guests wishing to stay at Family House must live 50 miles or more from Morgantown. Family House charges only $20 per night per room. It costs $40 per night to operate a room. The balance is covered by grateful guests and generous friends of Family House.

On Monday, Dec. 22, Hogue officially made the transition from Family House resident to grateful guest. He and his fellow members on the Harrison County Board of Education presented the Family House with an entire box truck full of wish list items and a monetary donation of $150. The truck was packed full of paper towels, soap, shampoo, coffee, creamer, paper plates, napkins, and more. The estimated value of the donation was $3,000.

Harrison County Board of Education volunteers and Rosenbaum Family House staff and guests helped to unload the truck. The donation will help support the 40-plus families that utilize Rosenbaum Family House on a daily basis.

“We are grateful for every donation that we receive, but there’s something a little extra special about a gift that comes from one of our former guests. The fact that they’re paying it forward means a lot to us and the guests who are with us now and who will stay with us in the future,” Jena Prokopchuk, director of Rosenbaum Family House, said. “We cannot thank Mr. Hogue and the members of the Harrison County Board of Education enough for their generosity. It is greatly appreciated.”

Guests may stay at the house for as long as the patient is undergoing treatment, and there is great demand for rooms; Family House is always full and always has a waiting list. For more information on supporting Rosenbaum Family House, contact Teri Batis, development specialist, at 304-598-6094 ext. 4 or batist@wvuhealthcare.com, or visit http://wvuhealthcare.com/hospitals-and-facilities/rosenbaum-family-house/support-family-house/.

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