Hospitality House of Tulsa prepares for potential increase of families in need

Local organizations helping caregivers during the pandemic

TULSA, Okla. — Hospitality House of Tulsa is keeping family members safe and close to their loved ones in the hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

When the pandemic first hit in March, Hospitality House of Tulsa was already full and now with elective surgeries picking back up across the area, they are expected to see even more people needing their services.

“We are used to this hospitality and healthcare ministry,” said Toni Moore, president and CEO of Hospitality House Tulsa. “Really it’s something that is hands on. It’s in person. It’s up close. It’s personal. It’s intimate. And when Covid-19 hit we had to figure out a way – how do we continue creating that sense of community and that sense of support when we have to distance ourselves.”

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In June, Hospitality House of Tulsa became one of the first certified hospitality houses in the United States through the Healthcare Hospitality Network, a nationwide professional association of nearly 200 unique, nonprofit organizations that provide lodging and support services to patients, families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities.

Certified houses adhere to educational criteria and demonstrate proficiency in seven core areas, including operations, facility management, guest relations, emergency management, and internal improvement. Hospitality House of Tulsa currently serves approximately 460 families per year and operates on a first-come-first-served waiting list basis.

Anyone who would like to donate to Hospitality House of Tulsa can visit hhtulsa.org.

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