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(INDIANAPOLIS) – A new home for patients getting medical treatment in Indianapolis and their families will open next month.

Since 2008, the nonprofit group Fair Haven has arranged hotels and apartments for more than 100 families a year, to give them a place to regroup during treatment while being close to their loved ones. Fair Haven cut the ribbon Friday on Ada’s Place, which will give the organization its own facility with 12 hotel-style suites and two day-service rooms. Founder Amanda Milner says Ada’s Place will allow Fair Haven to serve 12 times that many.

IU Health chief nursing officer Liz Linden says having family nearby isn’t just a convenience, but brings medical benefits by having patients’ support networks close at hand.

Ada’s Place is near the former Bush Stadium on Indy’s west side, a mile from Eskenazi Health, the Roudebush VA Medical Center, and IU Health’s downtown complex of University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, and the Simon Cancer Center.

The Indianapolis housing nonprofit Quest for Excellence donated the building three years ago. Fair Haven has been raising money since then for renovations which began eight months ago. The Ada’s Place name is a tribute to the father of Quest for Excellence president Howard Foltz Jr. Howard Sr.’s grandchildren called him Ada (pronounced AH-duh), an evolution of their attempts to pronounce “Grandpa.”