For 20 years, the Mason Guest House (MGH) has offered a peaceful, caring retreat for transplant patients and their caregivers. By providing convenient, low-cost lodging close to the clinical services our patients vitally need, the MGH is a major contributor to Emory Transplant Center’s success as a leading center for transplantation. It is one of the big reasons why we consistently rank high for customer service and quality care.
“All the residents [at the MGH] have a common cause,” wrote one guest on a comment card after a recent one-week stay following transplant. “Our experience has been very positive. When you live outside the area, having a place that is close to the hospital and reasonably priced is truly appreciated.”
The Mason Guest House booked its first guest on Oct. 2, 1995. Since then, about 25 guests occupy the home-away-from-home each night. Blakely Humber, a liver transplant recipient from Vienna, Ga. who is pictured at left with his wife at Christmas time in 2011, is the guest who has been coming to the MGH for the longest amount of time.
The MGH is closely tied to the evolution of solid organ transplantation here at Emory. Both the Mason Guest House and the Emory Transplant Center were created with significant financial support from the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust. The fund was created in the will of Marguerite Mason specifically to support transplantation in Georgia at a time when she could visualize the promise of this lifesaving procedure.
Transplant families from Emory University Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta may reserve rooms at the MGH. The Tudor-style home has 15 private rooms with baths and three kitchens where guests may cook their own meals. It has a screened-in porch and gathering spaces complete with comfortable seating areas, a game area, an exercise room, and a music area with a grand piano and a guitar guests may play. Outside there is a garden and patio. It truly serves a home away from home for many of our patients.
Happy birthday, Mason Guest House!
For more information about the Mason Guest House, visit our website, or take a video tour below.