31st Street Update: ACS’s Hope Lodge Reception Includes HNP

HNP Communications Around the Province

NEW YORK, N.Y. – John O’Connor and Jocelyn Thomas, HNP’s director of communications, represented the province at a reception held by the American Cancer Society at its new Hope Lodge.  The Nov. 8 event showeed members of New York’s medical and business communities the facilities that Hope Lodge New York City will offer.

The lodge, as well as the ACS’s New York offices will be in the “tower” section of the West 31st Street complex that the friars will occupy next spring.  Hope Lodge is a residence for cancer patients from out-of-the-area undergoing treatment at New York hospitals.

The New York facility will offer 60 patient rooms as well as access to non-medical services including counseling, nutrition and exercise classes, and transportation assistance. The Society currently operates 20 Hope Lodges around the United States.

At the event, which was titled “A Preview and Private Tour”, John was introduced by a representative of the American Cancer Society as an important partner in the building’s development.  Holy Name Province will occupy five floors of the new building and the ACS will 11 floors of the tower.

Speakers at the reception included Marguerite Schlag, president of the American Cancer Society’s Eastern Division Board; Frank Liantoniao, member, ACS Eastern Division Board; Donald Distasio, CEO, ACS Eastern Division; and Mary Starr, cancer survivor and ACS volunteer.

In the photo above, John and Jocelyn (right) are shown with Jordan Barowitz of The Durst Organization, Hal Fetner of Sydney Fetner Associates, and Kris Kim, executive vice-president for the ACS’s New York Metro area.

Information about Hope Lodge is available on the Web site of the ACS.