Lodging for Oncology and Transplant Veterans
VA Portland Health Care Systems offers lodging for Oncology and Transplant Veterans. There are a number of options that may be available to meet your travel needs, both near and far. Additionally, if you are traveling from long distances to the Portland VA for your care, lodging may be available for you and your loved ones. Please contact your Social Worker for more information as there are specific criteria that applies for the travel and lodging options.
Updated due to COVID-19
Referrals for lodging are made through Transplant and Oncology Social Workers and/or clinical staff who conduct an eligibility assessment and screening.
Shared spaces are now limited use to include kitchen and laundry room. The exercise room and living areas (aka living room) are not open at this time. More details are shared upon arrival orientation.
Building 18 The Lodge
Building 18 The Lodge is located at the Vancouver VA campus in Vancouver, Washington, across the Columbia River, approximately 11 miles from the Portland VA Medical Center. The thirty-room ADA accessible suites provide lodging for oncology and transplant Veterans and their caregivers. The Lodge has administrative staff on duty 7 days a week (not 24 hours a day), and has no clinical staff on hand. All residents must be able to self-care or have a caregiver for assistance. No one under the age of 18 is allowed at The Lodge.
VA Portland's Building 18 The Lodge provides lodging to Veterans at no cost to Veterans or their caregiver.
Each guest suite has two hospital beds, a built-in dresser with shelves, side tables, refrigerator, TV and DVD player, and its own bathroom. We provide linens and housekeeping services to keep the lodge clean and healthy for our immune suppressed guests. Besides our guest suites, The Lodge has three beautiful shared kitchens and living areas. We also have three laundry rooms, a computer lounge, and an exercise room.
Contact Information and Hours of Operation
Supporting Building 18 The Lodge
The Lodge depends on donations from individuals and groups to support its programs. Funds will be used to support the ongoing, daily needs and enhance the stay of Veterans. By donating directly to VA Portland Health Care System, you can be assured that 100 percent of your donation will be used to support Veterans at The Lodge.
To make a tax-deductible donation to VA Portland Building 18 The Lodge, please contact VA Portland Voluntary Office: 503-220-8262, ext. 55042 or mail your donation to:
VA Portland Health Care System Bldg 18 The Lodge
Attn: Voluntary Service
3710 S.W. U.S. Veterans Hospital Road
Portland, OR 97239
On the check remarks line, please write in: VA Portland Bldg 18 The Lodge
Guest Room and Living Room
Laundry Room and Workout Room (Due to COVID-19, the Workout Room is not currently available)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the criteria to stay at The Lodge?
Veterans who are undergoing Transplant services or extended Oncology treatment and live 50 miles or more from Portland VA Medical Center can stay at The Lodge. The patient’s medical team must place a consult with the indicated time needed. Again, this is lodging for self-care appropriate guests and no one under 18 is allowed inside the building.
How many rooms are there?
There are currently 15 rooms with private bathrooms available.
Is parking available at The Lodge?
Yes, there is guest parking both in front and back of The Lodge.
Do I need to provide my own food and prepare meals?
Guests are responsible for purchasing their own food and preparing their own meals. There are 3 kitchens at the lodge where guests can prepare their individual meals. There are some limited food items provided by donations to support the Veterans staying at The Lodge.
Do I provide my own linens (blankets, towels, etc.)?
VA supplies all linens and towels but feel free to bring your comfort items from home. We do not supply soap, shampoo, razors, and other toiletries.
What time is check-in and check-out?
The preferred check-in time is while staff are on station. Our hours are listed above. For urgent/emergent situations, check-in is available 24/7 through VA Police. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.
Is a shuttle service available?
VA has a shuttle service that runs between the Portland and Vancouver campus and is available Monday through Friday. There is no VA shuttle service on weekends or holidays. Guests may use public transportation or community cabs at their own expense.