NIH Clinical Center

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Message from the Director

Important Events in Clinical Center History

Governance and Accreditation

Organization Structure and Programs

Heralding Fifty Years of Clinical Caring and Clinical Research

The Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center

Activation Planning for the Clinical Research Center

The Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge

Clinical Research

Clinician Highlight

Clinical Research Training

Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency

Public Outreach  End of left navigation list link group.

The Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge
Photo: Rendering of Safra Family Lodge

Safra Family Lodge rendering is now displayed on the first floor of the Clinical Center near the Admissions area.

Through the efforts of many, The Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge will open in 2004. The lodge will provide a comfortable home-away-from-home for the families and caretakers of Clinical Center patients.

Designed in the unique style of an early 1900s English Manor House and located directly across from the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, the Safra Lodge offers a retreat to the families and caregivers who will make it their temporary home. Guests at the lodge can know that their loved one is close by if they are needed but at the same time, experience periods of relaxation and rejuvenation away from the hospital setting.

The residence will provide a comfortable and nurturing environment with a variety of private rooms and public spaces, allowing guests time for quiet retreat or the fellowship of others who are experiencing similar challenges. The spacious first floor features a reception area, telecommuting center, living room with fireplace, dining room, library, family kitchen, dining and playroom, exercise room, and two guest rooms. The second and third floors each include 16 guest rooms, most of which will accommodate up to four family members. In addition, each guest floor has full laundry facilities. The gardens surrounding the Safra Lodge will offer quiet walking paths and serene seating areas. A large patio will also provide outdoor living space.

A ceremony marking the naming of the facility as the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge was held in the spring of 2002 at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. The Foundation for the NIH led and oversaw the fundraising for the Family Lodge and in 2002 formally accepted a $3 million donation from the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation. At the ceremony, Lily Safra, wife of the late Edmond Safra, related that the lodge reflects "the spirit and values" of her late husband.

In addition to the Safra Foundation, other generous contributors including the Merck Company Foundation, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and many other corporations, foundations and individuals, provided the funding to construct the lodge.

Groundbreaking for the lodge occurred in the spring of 2002 at the facility's future location near the corner of Center and Convent Drives on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The activity formally signaled the project's start. Construction began in early 2003 and will be finished in the summer of 2004. Opening of The Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge is projected for late fall 2004.

Photo: The Family Lodge will have an English-park-like setting

An English-park-like setting around the Family Lodge’s exterior will provide guests with a place of rest and refuge from their day-to-day concerns.

A Special Garden Setting
Through an additional special gift to the Foundation for the NIH made by Mrs. Lily Safra, landscaping associated with The Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge will offer visitors a myriad of garden experiences. A peaceful, tranquil venue will provide guests with a place of rest and refuge from their day-to-day concerns in an English-park-like setting reminiscent of the lodge’s architecture.

A garden path will meander along the perimeter of the lodge’s property, from which a number of smaller pathways will lead to more intimate seating areas, each to be distinctively treated with plantings, sculpture and water features. Benches will be found throughout the Lodge’s exterior, offering guests multiple areas for conversation and reflection.

New Executive Director

Photo: Jan Weymouth

Jan Weymouth, former space and program management officer for the Clinical Center was appointed Executive Director of the Family Lodge by Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin in June 2003.

Weymouth expects the Family Lodge to be a major contributor in the lives of the families who are supporting loved ones being treated at the Clinical Center. Her vision for the lodge is to “provide a comfortable, nurturing environment” for the caregivers and families of the patients who partner with NIH in clinical research.

“The Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center will be a state-of-the-art facility,” she says, “but The Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge will be state-of-the heart.”

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