History

IMD Guest House fills a critical void in the field of health care delivery, an essential, but often overlooked need of patients going through treatment and their family members, the need for shelter. When a critically ill patient must travel to Chicago to receive medical care, often times the last thing being considered in the treatment plan is where the patient will stay in between treatments and where her/his family members and caregivers will stay. For hundreds of patients and their family members, IMD Guest House is the answer.

Founded in 1999, IMD Guest House provides safe, affordable accommodations in a caring environment for patients and their families who travel for transplants, heart surgery, cancer treatment and other medical care at Chicago area hospitals. IMD Guest House offers fully-furnished, comfortable, private guest rooms at a already reduced rate; guests with limited resources for a nightly rate, can apply for financial assistance.

Striving to provide a worry-free, supportive experience for its guests, IMD Guest House helps keep families and medical care close during a most difficult time. IMD Guest House provides over 360 nights of service each month, with nearly 80% of guests receiving financial assistance.

IMD Guest House is a member of the Healthcare Hospitality Network, a national association of organizations providing family-centered lodging and support services to families and their loved ones receiving medical treatment far from their home communities. IMD Guest House continually aids the friends and families of transplant, cancer, heart surgery, and other patients in order to fully involve them in the treatment and recovery of the patient.

IMD Guest House is located in Chicago’s Illinois Medical District, one of the nation’s largest concentration of health care institutions that attracts patients from all over the world. IMD Guest House is situated in walking distance from some of the most highly regarded hospitals in the country: Rush University Medical Center, UI Health, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

IMD Guest House the only facility in Chicago that serves both children and adult patients and families of children and adult patients, offering a safe and supportive place to stay. Rooms are available those with a referral receiving treatment at our hospital partners, and organ transplant patients receiving treatment at any Chicago area hospital.

Patients and their families sometimes travel long distances to access medical care in Chicago. 79% of our guests live within an average distance of 285 miles from IMD Guest House.