Its name truly communicates the meaning, mission, and atmosphere of this fine facility. Serenity House Network provides a special housing option for transplant patients that is not otherwise available in the Rochester area. Serenity House Network makes the transition into the real world from hospitalization easy by providing a clean, safe environment. Greg and Jodie truly understand what many transplant patients need as I will further discuss.
I had been hospitalized at Saint Mary’s Hospital from July 3rd, 2013 until December 12th, 2013. I received a heart transplant on November 28th. For my family and for myself it had been a long journey. We were all tired. We needed a warm, nurturing environment for all of us to heal. I craved solitude after months of not having this in the hospital. The thought of having to share a common living area with others, and not being able to have my entire family stay with me at the spur of the moment was not acceptable for me. My son was too young to visit at many of the facilities. It was holiday time and because we rented through Serenity House Network, we were all able to stay together. We cooked several holiday dinners, and opened presents in our private living room. There was even a Christmas tree provided by Jodie and Greg. While we were not home, this became home, and for all of us it was the best Christmas we had ever had. We were back to being the wonderful family that we are. We were happy and joyous. Serenity House Network helped to give this back to us.
Serenity House Network provides a warm, environment that feels like home. My daughters often refer to it as going “home” when they visit me from their colleges in Northfield. The SHN duplex we rent is in a safe neighborhood which is close to grocery stores, movie theaters, the hospital, clinic, post office, etc. The apartment has three bedrooms, two full baths, a kitchen, living room, and a den. There are two televisions that are equipped with cable, as well as internet which provides access to netflex, hula, etc. It is beautifully appointed with laminate floors, new beds, new couches, dining room table, and comfortable recliners. The kitchen has new appliances, including dishwasher, microwave, stove, large refrigerator, blender, toaster, coffee maker, etc. Dishes, pots, pans, cooking utensils, silverware, and glasses are all provided. The linens and bed spreads are beautiful and tasteful. The towels are thick and soft. It is so nice that nothing needs to be purchased unlike when someone moves into an apartment or a house which may also have a lengthy lease. There is a washer and dryer on site so that I can wash my towels daily which is important post-transplant.
Serenity House Network has focused on the need to provide a clean environment. The laminate floors are the first step since they can be thoroughly cleaned unlike carpet which many places use. They request that no shoes be worn inside. They provide vacuum, swiffer, wet swiffer to clean as well as all the cleaning products that are used for transplant patients at the hospital. They also come into the apartment once a month to do a thorough cleaning. Serenity House Network is extremely responsive to any problems that may arise. Someone is usually over to access the problem with in an hour. They also provide snow removal services as well as helping families to move in if there is a need for such services. They are kind, friendly, compassionate people who truly care about others.
They provide an environment that is peaceful, and restful which everyone who has visited me notices. The apartment is bright and sunny. It is an environment that promotes healing not only physically but also spiritually and emotionally. I wish more transplant patients were aware of this fabulous option. I hope and wish that Serenity House Network continues to grow so that more transplant patients can take advantage of this fine facility. I am a physician and my wife is a nurse, and we are both impressed by the high quality of service that is offered. Jodie and Greg’s reward is knowing that they have succeeded in creating a family-oriented environment which promotes healing for transplant patients and their families in a way that no other option in Rochester seems to be able to do. The name says it all, Serenity House Network.
Steven Turchan M.D. February 6, 2014
Thank you so much for the quiet, comfortable space at Serenity House Network’s “Dottie’s Place”. We enjoyed the quickness to Mayo for my many appointments during my stem cell transplant. I also enjoyed a shopping trip to “Shades of Green” which had so many unique gifts. I could of spent hours in there! A big Continue Reading
Philip & Julie Neuerburg- Fairbury, NE (1 Month Stay) September 18, 2018
Many thanks for these wonderful accommodations. We are so happy Serenity House Network, that you were called to provide this service. The set up and location were ideal. We were back and forth a couple times a day and the location provided easy access. I recommend getting a parking pass for appointments. The neighborhood was Continue Reading
Jeff & Diane Kennedy (1 Month Stay) September 9, 2018
We cannot thank Serenity House Network enough for our home away from home for the past six weeks. Annie’s Hospitality-William Apartment was such a blessing to our family. Great location close to Mayo Clinic and any amenities readily available. All we had to do was pretty much show up with our clothing. If for any Continue Reading
Guy, Leigh, Braden, & Brantley Stanford- Winona, MS (6 Week Stay) September 1, 2018
There’s not a better place to be when you can’t be in your own home. Julianna Apartment had everything we needed, as well as a private, comfortable place to be that’s away from the Clinic! Greg has been great, responds quickly to requests and just seems to really care. We all come to the clinic Continue Reading
Barb Heringer (Mark, Kathleen, Lester, Karen, Holly, LeAnn) North Dakota (1 Month Stay) August 27, 2018
My husband and I came to Rochester in May. He had a stem cell transplant in early June. This home provided us with a location that made it easy to get to all of his appointments. It was an enjoyable place to stay and to have friends and family visit us. We utilized the back Continue Reading
Ken & Kathy (90 Day Stay) August 26, 2018
This beautiful home has been our “Home Away From Home” for the last two months. My husband Mark was in the hospital for 5 months and then 3 months after transplant in a Serenity House Network home. It has been such a great recuperating time, not only for my husband but for me also! I Continue Reading
Mark & Nancy Hunziker (7 Week Stay) August 26, 2018
We stayed here while my son went through the Pediatric Pain Rehab Clinic at Mayo Clinic. It was a truly amazing experience. We saw 3 different teens learn to walk again. Many of the other teens had invisible disabilities but their transformations were similarly dramatic. Pine Tree Place house was a great home base for Continue Reading
Lillis & Clay Stern (6 Week Stay) August 14, 2018
Thank you for a lovely stay! Your Serenity House Network is absolutely terrific and we loved our time here. Best to you all!
Bill & Whitney (1 Week Stay) July 25, 2018
Upon learning that we would need lodging in Rochester for eight weeks at Mayo Clinic, going online to search for possible rentals was discouraging. The high-pressure, hard selling people we contacted were terrible. We’re grateful that Mayo concierge services recommended Serenity House Network. Calling SHN was a tremendous relief. Greg and Joanna were both reassuring Continue Reading
Dennis & Sharon Goldford (8 Week Stay) July 18, 2018
My husband came to Mayo Clinic for a stem cell transplant to help control cardiac amyloidosis. Because of his heart involvement, we had a lot of setbacks and our stay was extended. What a convenience to have a home-like environment with Serenity House Network! If we ever need an extended stay in Rochester again, I’m Continue Reading
Michelle & Gary Maes-Green Bay, Wisconsin (6 Week Stay) July 11, 2018