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Ulman House Observes First Anniversary of Operations | NEWS-Line for Long Term Care Professionals

Ulman House Observes First Anniversary of Operations


First-of-its-kind healthcare hospitality facility supports AYA cancer patients.

On Friday, January 10, the Ulman Foundation (Ulman) celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of Ulman House, the organization’s facility designed and built specifically to house adolescent and young adult patients, free of charge, during extended cancer treatment. It is the only healthcare hospitality house in the mid atlantic region to cater specifically to the needs of the AYA cancer community.

Situated in East Baltimore, four blocks from the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (JHSKCCC) and three miles from the University of Maryland Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC), Ulman House welcomes patients between the ages of 15 and 39, whose primary residence falls outside of a 30 mile radius, and who are undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Caregivers are also allowed to stay, and there is no maximum length of stay provided treatment is continuous. Meals, mental health counseling, and activities are offered at no cost.

The 8,400 square foot facility is a near-complete rebuild of six dilapidated and vacant rowhomes. Through a partnership with East Baltimore Development, Inc., Ulman acquired five of the six properties for $1 each. The sixth home was purchased from a private owner, and the renovation was financed through a fundraising campaign. The State of Maryland, private foundations, corporations, and individuals collectively gave $2Million for construction and initial operations costs. Ulman House received silver LEED certification, and the interiors were thoughtfully designed to be “youthful but not childish” by the organization’s co-founder, Diana Ulman.

To date, Ulman House has provided 1,728 nights of lodging to 42 individual patients, being treated at JHSKCCC, UMGCCC, or the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, and their caregivers. Patients have traveled from 10 counties in the state of Maryland, as well as from Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The facility has enabled residents to save an estimated and cumulative $345,600 in savings related to lodging.

“We knew Ulman House would greatly reduce the financial burden which is endemic to young adults living with cancer, and that some great relationships would form within the house,” says Brock Yetso, President & CEO of the Ulman Foundation, “but we definitely underestimated just how strong those bonds between residents would become. You can’t place a value on empathy and shared experience.”

Ulman tracks the impact of Ulman House on patient and caregiver residents through an exit survey. In the first year of operations, the following results were reported:

- 100% of residents experienced a reduced stress level, with 76% reporting a greatly reduced stress level;
- 71% of residents experienced decreased feelings of social isolation;
- 100% of patients reported increased access to medical care when staying at Ulman
- 100% of patients reported increased compliance with treatment protocols when staying
at Ulman House; and
- 88% of residents reported a reduced financial burden.

"Since our daughter was diagnosed with cancer, we have discovered that our new normal is never being able to predict what will come next and to live day by day,” remarks Elizabeth Boaman, Ulman House resident and mother of a 21-year old cancer patient, Julia Boaman. “To have a place that feels like home, in the midst of this unknown, is priceless. To laugh with other families around the dinner table is wonderful. Although Julia's diagnosis has been hard to handle, we have been lifted by the goodness of the founders, staff, and volunteers of Ulman House."

About The Ulman Foundation: Founded in 1997 by well-known cancer advocate Doug Ulman, the Ulman Foundation creates a community of support for young adults (aged 15-39), and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. It fills a void for adolescents and young adults who are too mature for pediatric-focused programs, and who are rarely established enough to have a dependable network of peers who have faced a similar experience. Ulman provides multiple services in addition to Ulman House, including Patient Navigation, social/support groups, movement-based support programming, and scholarships.

Ulman Headquarters
1215 East Fort Ave, Suite 104 Baltimore, MD 21230
Ulman House
2118 East Madison St. Baltimore, MD 21205
[email protected] 410.964.0202

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