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UVA Medical Center Opens New Hospitality House

Updated: Aug 5, 2008 04:36 PM EDT

Some patients of the University of Virginia Medical Center and their families have a new place to call home.

The hospital's patient and guest services unveiled its new hospitality house at a grand opening ceremony Tuesday.

The house, which is located on 14th Street in Charlottesville, provides low-cost accommodations for patients who are getting outpatient treatment at the UVA Medical Center and to their families.

The new facility has more than 60 beds, and spaces are filling up fast. "I was just told that as we open this new building, it's already full today, so obviously the need is there, and we're meeting that need," said Edward Howell, vice president at the medical center.

Howell says the close proximity to the medical center saves families from having to drive long distances for treatment. The new space can also accommodate twice as many visitors.

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