Taylor Morrison building homes for MD Anderson Cancer Center program

Scottsdale Independent
Scottsdale Independent

Taylor Morrison announced Dec. 1 it is building and donating six fully furnished homes to the Banner Health Foundation for a 16-home community in Gilbert supporting Banner MD Anderson’s Home Away from Home program.

The Home Away from Home program provides housing assistance to patients who travel great distances for care at Banner MD Anderson.

“Treatment is complex and emotional, but through our donation, we treasure the opportunity to flex our strengths as a homebuilder to build places of sanctuary for patients and their loved ones while they navigate this challenging time in their lives,” Taylor Morrison Chairman and CEO Sheryl Palmer said in a release. “For Taylor Morrison to play a role in offering some relief and enabling patients to focus on healing is such a gift.”

In addition to the range of emotions a cancer diagnosis brings, the cost of extended lodging during cancer treatment is beyond reach for many patients and their families. While many can afford a short hotel stay, few are prepared to pay for long-term lodging—especially those traveling far distances to receive care or whose treatment protocol requires weeks to months of daily therapy or close post-surgical monitoring.

The Home Away from Home program provides financial assistance for lodging to patients and families required to stay near Banner MD Anderson.

Scottsdale-based Taylor Morrison’s donated homes will be located on a parcel of land adjacent to the Banner Gateway Medical Center campus, which is home to Banner MD Anderson. Taylor Morrison will begin phase one of its construction process by building six of the 16 homes in the summer 2023, with an estimated completion by summer 2024.

Last year, thousands of patients traveled more than 30 miles each way for care at Banner MD Anderson, and 330 of those patients came from outside of Arizona. The new nearby housing will provide lodging for more than 60 patients each year, providing the assurance of a safe and comfortable home while receiving treatment.

The homes will feature floor plans from Taylor Morrison’s newly introduced build-to-rent brand Yardly, specializing in cottage-style, for-rent homes. Floor plans will offer two bedroom two baths, kitchen, laundry, and gathering room. Homes will also be pet-friendly, with private backyards and doggy doors.

“We are deeply grateful to Taylor Morrison’s generosity because for many patients, having a place to stay without the financial burden is the difference between receiving care or not,” said Michael Herring, Chief Executive Officer at Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. “Hope and healing can be found in something as simple as a safe and comfortable bed and a good night’s rest. With all the concerns and feelings going through a patient’s mind, a home nearby provides such relief and one less thing to worry about.”

Banner Health, Arizona’s largest provider of health care, joined forces with MD Anderson Cancer Centers, one of the nation’s top-ranked cancer centers, in 2011.

With its main campus in Gilbert, Banner MD Anderson gives patients access to the same cutting-edge technology, multidisciplinary approach, and leading cancer care available at its primary campus in Houston. Experts adhere to the philosophy, process, and guidelines of MD Anderson’s clinical leadership, and provide a full range of multidisciplinary care options, including medical oncology, surgery and radiation.

Banner MD Anderson has more than 1.5 million patient visits to the Gilbert campus and five extension clinics across the Valley, plus some 200 clinical trials under way.

Tax-deductible donations benefiting the Home Away from Home fund can be made online at .

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