PeaceHealth's new guest house on Riverbend campus in Springfield was created to welcome patient families. (Courtesy PeaceHealth)
PeaceHealth's new guest house on Riverbend campus in Springfield was created to welcome patient families. (Courtesy PeaceHealth)
SPRINGFIELD — Out-of-town families now have a tranquil, no-cost place to call home in Springfield should their loved ones need specialized care at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, or University District in Eugene.

The Heartfelt House, a 20-room patient family guest house on the RiverBend campus, is “for families who are facing trying times — the new parents of a fragile infant in our NICU, the grief-stricken loved ones of a trauma patient and sometimes patients themselves, who need a good night’s rest before an early morning surgery or have traveled here for outpatient treatments unavailable in their community,” said Mary Kingston, chief executive of PeaceHealth Oregon network.

The $8.4 million home was funded through donors. It is a collaboration between PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, which owns the house, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington, which are supervising day-to-day operations.

More than 600 donors contributed to the Heartfelt House. Architects were Richard Shugar and Kira Malone from 2fORM Architecture. Chambers Construction built the 20,200-square-foot structure.

One wing is for families of pediatric patients and the other is for families of adult patients.

Guests have access to a full kitchen and dining room in each wing, laundry facilities, lounges for quiet relaxation, a library andbusiness center, indoor and outdoor children’s play areas and a covered outdoor patio.