House is a "home away from home" for the families and
loved ones of critically ill or injured patients in Palm Springs
area hospitals. It provides low or no-cost accommodations in a Spanish
mission style surrounding.
House was conceived and developed by Frank R. Ercoli, M.D., FACS
- Medical Director of Trauma and Critical Care Services at Desert
Regional Medical Center. In 1999, Dr. Ercoli began an effort to
create a place that provided comfort and solace to the families
of those patients being treated in the intensive care units of the
hospital. He met project benefactor Lord James Hanson, a British
industrialist and part-time resident of Palm Springs. Lord Hanson
made a very generous seed donation to to start the fund for the facility that is now
named for him. Hanson House opened its doors on Christmas Eve 2003.
House is staffed entirely by volunteers under the direction of the Executive
Director and a Volunteer Coordinator. As a not-for-profit
public benefit corporation, Hanson House is always looking for additional
help - monetary, goods and services and, of course, volunteers.
The Palm Springs Smooth Jazz Festival is the major annual fundraiser
for Hanson House. Held outdoors at the picturesque Indian Canyons Golf Resort in Palm Springs, it brings world-renown entertainers
together for a weekend of top notch jazz.