Provincial Office Staff Visits Hope Lodge

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

NEW YORK — The American Cancer Society, based in the Epic Tower on West 32nd Street here, welcomed staff members of the Provincial Office to Hope Lodge on Jan. 16. HNP staffers toured the residence for cancer patients, one of more than 25 Hope Lodges that the ACS operates in the United States.

The Hope Lodge Jerome L. Greene Family Center opened in the fall 2007 in the building adjoining the Province’s Midtown Manhattan friary and Provincial Office. It offers 60 rooms — accommodations for 120 people.

A group of five from the Provincial Office toured Hope Lodge, getting a sense of the comfortable facility and the many services it provides. Guests of Hope Lodge and their families are undergoing cancer treatment at New York City hospitals. Province staffers saw the bedrooms, which are as nice as those found at many hotels, as well as the lounges, library, meditation room, and kitchens.

02-04-09-Hope-LgThe tour was arranged by Provincial Secretary Michael Harlan, OFM, and led by Taneesha Deane, Hope Lodge evening manager.

The American Cancer Society owns 11 floors of the tower next to Holy Name Province; the staff moved  in the summer of  2007 not long after the Provincial staff and friars moved into their sections. The building also includes the Epic building, which houses luxury and affordable apartments, and Hope Lodge.

Like Holy Name’s section of the building, Hope Lodge is an environmentally-friendly, resource-efficient structure. It is constructed of building materials that minimize risks to the environment and to human health.

“We are always happy to welcome our neighbors,” said Karen Radwin, senior managing executive for Hope Lodge.

Shown in the photo above are, front row, Taneesha Deane with Theresa Bartha and Sharon Berrios, and, at back, Michael Harlan, Karen Radwin, and Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM.