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John Zay Guest House

John Zay Guest House at Penrose Cancer Center Colorado SpringsThe John Zay Guest House is a "Home Away From Home" for patients of the Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Hospitals. Patients and family members who live 30 miles or more away from the hospital are welcomed guests in this warm and inviting two-story home, nestled in the safe, residential area known as the Old North End, directly across from Penrose Hospital.

The home is handicap accessible and features 11 comfortable, private suites, common living areas, a full-service kitchen and dining room, a laundry room on each floor and wireless Internet access. Bedding and towels are provided however guests should bring their own toiletries.

All guests must be referred by a Penrose-St. Francis Health Services physician, nurse, case manager or chaplain and must be able to care for themselves or have a care giver accompany them. We operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is no predetermined room rate but a donation, as the family is able, is requested to continue to provide services to those we serve. Other family members may make donations on behalf of the patient. There are room sponsorships and other naming opportunities available. For more information about donations, please contact the Penrose-St.Francis Foundation at (719) 776-7060.

The 12,000 square foot John Zay Guest House was built for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in 2008 by HBA Cares and Vanatage Homes Corporation in partnership with Penrose-St.Francis Health Foundation.  The project began with an anonymous donation, followed by donations from the Hospital Associates, individual room donors and more than 100 trade people and companies donating supplies, labor, money and talent to the building of "The House That Love Built."  Dedication of the house took place on Oct. 30, 2008 with our first guests checking in on Nov. 3rd.

This guest house was named in honor of John Zay who worked as a cancer floor chaplain at Penrose Hospital for more than 14 years.  John, himself was a cancer survivor of 20 years and heard his call to minister to cancer patients during that experience.  Besides patients and their families, John ministered to the hospital staff who decided this house should be named in his memory. John passed away in 2004 after a fall occurred during his passionate dream of building a retirement home for his family.  The ministry he loved is gratefully continued in this wonderful home.

To make reservations or for more information call (719) 633-8855.  The guest house, a member of the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses Inc., is located at:

2131 North Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 633-8855


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