WJMC - West Jefferson Medical Center

WJHF Care House

WJH Care House


The CARE HOUSE project is designed to benefit families whose loved ones are being cared for in the critical care nursing units at West Jefferson Medical Center. It gives them a complimentary, comfortable place to stay near the hospital while they wait for their loved ones to recover.

The house has been named: “The Care House - The Silva Lining". Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Silva are the major donors for the home. The couple named it in loving memory of Mr. Carlos "Chas" Silva and Mr. and Mrs. Christian "Whitey" Schulingkamp. The Care House opened in July 2010. To date, more than 920 nights of complimentary lodging in the Care House have been provided to patients' loved ones.



The 3-bedroom Care House is located just a block from the hospital. Priority will be given to individuals whose loved ones have experienced an unexpected medical emergency and live at least 10 miles from the hospital.

The House is fully furnished and equipped with many of the comforts of home.



Conveniently located near West Jefferson Medical Center, the Care House is for families whose loved ones are being treated in our critical care units and meet the following criteria:

  • Loved one requires treatment for an undetermined amount of time.
  • The medical condition warrants immediate family/significant other(s) support.
  • Family/significant other(s) must live more than 10 miles from the hospital.
  • Must be 18 or older to stay in Care House.

Qualified family/significant other(s) who would like to stay at the House must qualify and complete and sign an Application and Agreement. Rooms are only available for qualifying registered guests on a nightly basis and an extension request must be submitted for any additional
night(s). No one is allowed in the House or on the premises if they are not an approved and registered guest with an arm band attached.

Check in time is 3:00 PM and checkout time is 11:00 AM. Maximum occupancy is two (2) people per room / 1 room per patient.


Security Deposit

A security deposit of $50, payable by check or a valid credit card is needed to book a room. The room is FREE of charge; however, property damage or property loss that occurs as a result of negligence will be charged to the applicant.


Care House Room Reservations

For reservations or more information regarding the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation Care House, please call Guest Services: 349-1134.



The facility is supported by the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation, and on-going donations will be accepted to support this short-stay lodging. Donations are accepted from individuals and/or corporations and may be given as an Annual Gift, in Planned Giving installments, Stock or as a one time Honorary or Memorial Gift to honor a loved one. Donations to the WJH Foundation may be deemed unrestricted or restricted. Gifts are considered tax deductible to the extent of the law. To make a contribution please e-mail us at wjhfoundation@lcmchealth.org or call (504) 349-6663.


Wish List

Please click the link below for more info on needed items that would be useful donations for the Care House. Care House Wish List



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