1116 East Mason Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
Phone: 920 884-6677
The 12-bed Altrusa House offers a "home away from home" to patients and families who need to stay overnight during a medical emergency. The house provides a safe, caring and interactive environment to guests referred to the home by the local medical community. Families can enjoy television, launder their clothes, cook their own meals and just relax. The facility is within walking distance, located on E. Mason Street just two blocks east of Bellin Health Hospital.
Guests of the Altrusa House generally live greater than 50 miles from Green Bay, are in financial need or require an extended stay in Green Bay due to medical treatment. If a patient is not quite 50 miles from Green Bay but does not have transportation or the strength to travel due to a medical condition, that person (and family) does qualify to stay at the Altrusa House as long as he/she is receiving medical assistance at Bellin Health Hospital.
The first floor living room and kitchen areas are roomy
and give the Altrusa House that "home away from home" atmosphere.
Each private room is decorated with a different theme and has its own bathroom. The room pictured left is handicapped accessible with two single beds. There are a variety of rooms.
The Altrusa House is operated by the Altrusa Club, a group of professional and charitable women with one common bond: they enjoy helping people. For 10 years, families faced with the stress of medical emergencies have stayed at the Altrusa House. Construction of the new house, completed in September of 2001, was financed through the club's fund-raising efforts.
- Families must make prior arrangements with hospital staff and bring in a signed referral form upon check in. The referral form may be obtained from a Bellin Health staff member at any of the admitting centers or nursing stations.
- There is no cost to stay at the Altrusa House; however, a $5 key deposit is required. It is returned when the guest checks out. Donations are accepted.
- Registration hours are from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- After they register, guests are free to come and go from the house as needed.
- Room availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- The Altrusa House a smoke-free facility with a smoking area provided at the rear of the property. Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or anything considered dangerous, flammable or explosive (including firearms) are prohibited.
- Eating and drinking are allowed only in the dining room and snack bar areas. Water is allowed in all areas of the facility.
- Visiting hours at the house are in the first floor living room from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Children staying at the house must be 10 years of age or older. Sorry, the Altrusa House does not accommodate pets.
Is The Altrusa House The Same As The Ronald McDonald House?
It is very similar with the exception that the Ronald McDonald House is only for children patients and their families whereas the Altrusa House is for all ages of patients and their families.
How Are We Referred To The Altrusa House?
The hospital case manager or a member of the nursing staff needs to refer you. They will give you a form to sign, which you bring to the Altrusa House when you register. A Bellin staff member should first call and notify the Altrusa House staff of your need.
How Many Rooms Can We Have When We Stay?
Each family may have one room with two guests. If one guest is a patient having medical treatment at an area hospital that individual may have one supportive person with him/her in the room. Two supportive family members may stay in a room when a family member is hospitalized. A second room may be allowed for two additional family members on a day to day basis, providing there is availability of rooms. If the room is needed for incoming guests from another family, a prompt departure may be required. Rooms should always be left in good order. A second room will be assigned on an individual basis with priority given to new guests as necessary. The Altrusa House must accommodate all hospitals.
How Long Can We Stay At The Altrusa House?
As long as needed for the medical problem.
Do We Have To Leave If The Family Member Is Discharged From The Hospital And Is Not Strong Enough To Travel Home?
No, you and the patient may stay as long as you need to.
If One Of The Guests Is A Child Patient, Do You Have A Crib Available?
No, the Altrusa House does not have cribs at this time. Parents are asked to bring their own port-a-crib if they are not comfortable using a regular sized bed for the child. All children need to be supervised by their parents and never left unattended anywhere in the house.
Are Pets Allowed In The House?
No. There are no accommodations for pets.
If you have any other questions, please call the Altrusa House staff at 920 884-6677. They will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.