Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Celebrates Opening of Nunnally House

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Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation celebrated the opening of the Nunnally House on Tuesday, May 13, with a dedication ceremony, ribbon cutting and tours of the newly completed lodging facility located at 3215 Kemble Avenue, adjacent to the Brunswick Campus.

Nunnally House was constructed and furnished exclusively through a generous gift from Hugh Nunnally and his family. The largest gift ever received from a single donor by the Health System, Nunnally made this gift in December 2012 with the specific purpose of building short-term residential housing for cancer patients and their family members who travel significant distances to receive treatment; critical patients’ family members who are from out of town; medical students completing their clinical rotations at the Health System; and on-call team members. Landscaping and formalized exterior spaces have been funded through a gift from Mike and Lucia Gumaer.

Nunnally House includes three distinct areas for lodging, all with wi-fi, cable television and a telephone.

The 15 rooms for cancer patients are designed to accommodate two people and feature a queen-size bed, refrigerator, microwave oven and an adjacent bath with a shower and large "soaking" tub for relaxing.

The eight rooms for family members feature a queen-size bed, refrigerator, microwave oven and an adjacent bath with a standard tub and shower. Four of these rooms can connect to create two large suites that accommodate up to eight people.

The 17 rooms for medical students on rotation at the Health System are designed for one person and feature a queen-size bed, desk, straight back and upholstered chairs, refrigerator, microwave oven and an adjacent bath with a standard shower.

Nunnally House also offers a reading room, a business center with two computers and copier, two laundry rooms and Karen’s Kitchen, a small kitchen space with meal and food items for cancer patients.

A ministry of Faithworks, and named in memory of Karen Milburn, Karen’s Kitchen will continue to offer elements of the outreach that has been provided by Karen’s House of Hope, a two-bedroom residential facility next door to Nunnally House that has served cancer patients in the community for the past several years. Volunteers from Karen’s House of Hope will remain involved with Nunnally House to provide other services, such as transportation and meals, to cancer patients in need.

"This gift gives us the opportunity to enhance the experience of the people we serve," says Krista Robitz, director of development, Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation. "It keeps families close to their loved ones while they’re being cared for, and that’s what’s at the heart of this project."

This is not the first charitable gift the Health System has received from Mr. Nunnally. He and his family have supported a variety of charitable initiatives since 1997, most notably a $1 million gift in 2007 for the renovation and expansion of the maternity center, now known as the Miriam & Hugh Nunnally Maternity Care Center. They also graciously donated the majority of the artwork throughout the Health System.

Information regarding Nunnally House lodging is available by calling 912-466-7550.