Our History

Home   About Us   Our History

Rickey Beazley’s Story: How Hospital Hospitality House Began

Written by Ann Krenson, HHH Co-Founder and Rickey’s Aunt

Rickey Beazley

Rickey Beazley

The story of Nashville’s Hospital Hospitality House has its beginning on a warm June night in 1972. It was a night much like any other night – until the quiet darkness was shattered by a telephone call, “teenagers returning home from a friend’s birthday celebration, blinding lights, a car out of control, death and destruction.”

A young girl died, others injured. Seventeen year-old Rickey Beazley, son of Mickey and Raymond Beazley, was a survivor.

But six months of hospitalization exposed his family to the harsh reality of the difficulties, loneliness, fear and grieving that were the daily fare of many in similar circumstances who were without the supporting presence of other family members. Too often during the four months Rickey was in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Thomas Hospital, his family witnessed lone family members sleeping in the hospital waiting room, even in their cars, washing their clothes in public restrooms, getting their meals from vending machines, removed from the warmth of human companionship. Stricken by illness or injury, they came from across the state of Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and far beyond our city, even our country.

Rickey as a child

Rickey as a child

The plight of these families gradually becamePlastic Bottle Manufacturers the focus of those hours, days and weeks that seemed to pass in slow motion for Mickey and her sister-in-law, Ann Krenson, as they waited and watched in the Intensive Care waiting room In assessing the families’ emotional and physical needs, Mickey and Ann envisioned a place of sanctuary, rest and support that would provide sleeping accommodations, family-style meals, laundry facilities and comfortable and pleasant living areas for social interaction with others near to the major hospitals.

They sought out others who also recognized the need and with the outpouring of encouragement, love and practical support of the Nashville community through business, churches, organizations, clubs, schools, and individuals, and with the participation and support of the major hospitals—St. Thomas, Vanderbilt, Veterans, Baptist, Park View and West Side, the Hospital Hospitality House welcomed its first guest on July 22, 1974, in a rented house on 17th Avenue South. This would be one of the first hospitality houses in the country. Two years later a larger facility was purchased at 214 Reidhurst, near Centennial Park. Shortly adjacent houses were purchased and in 2004 a complete renovation resulted in the present facility.

Over forty years later, HHH Nashville still serves as a model for other houses and still remains true to its mission… to be a “home away from home for patients and caregivers seeking medical treatment in Nashville hospitals by providing lodging, meals and other supportive services.”

The Beazely Family

The Beazley Family

HHH of Nashville has come to be known as The House with a Heart. It is the Heart of all those individuals and groups who have in one way or another, in small and grand ways, expressed their care for those who for a time find themselves in a medical crisis.

What had seemed a tragedy for one family on a night in June 1972 became a blessing for extended families throughout the world. Rickey’s story reminds us of the value of one person’s life. HHH of Nashville stands as a reminder that with perseverance and determination, great things are possible and there is always the possibility and the freedom to choose hope over despair.

outlet hogan hogan outlet online hogan uomo outlet hogan scarpe outlet hogan rebel junior hogan interactive uomo ck baratos calzoncillos calvin klein calvin klein baratos calvin klein calzoncillos baratos comprar calzoncillos calvin klein baratos boxers calvin klein baratos
ADIDAS PERFORMANCE Galactic Elite W Blanc Cheap Womens AF Sublimation Graphic Tee 2016 Adidas Originals ZX Flux Weave Shoes Sale Mens AF Active Running Shorts Online ADIDAS PERFORMANCE Duramo 6 W Running White Ftw Metallic Silver Vivid Mint F14 Mens AF Washed Out Tee AF 2016 ADIDAS ORIGINALS Court Star Slim W Sale Mens AF Classic Taper Pants Online Adidas Running adizero XT 5 Shoes Cheap Womens AF Textured Open Cardigan 2016 Mens AF Varsity Logo Cardigan AF 2016 ADIDAS ORIGINALS Zx 700 W Sabpou Sabpou Noiess Mens AF Striped Icon Henley AF 2016 ADIDAS PERFORMANCE Duramo 6 W Earth Green S13 Tech Grey Met S14 Solar Pink Mens AF Premium Utility Jacket AF 2016 ADIDAS PERFORMANCE Response Aspire Str W Running White Ftw Pink Buzz S10 Light Grey Sale Mens AF Denim Joggers Online ADIDAS ORIGINALS Extaball W Noiess Ormeta Nuiflu Mens AF Quilted Bomber jacket AF 2016 ADIDAS ORIGINALS Tech Super W NOIR NOIR ROSSOL Mens AF Classic Chambray Shirt AF 2016 ADIDAS ORIGINALS Bankshot 2 0 W Aluminum 2 Aluminum 2 Chalk 2 Mens AF Rib-Trim Crew Sweater AF 2016 Adidas Women adidas Neo Zip Fleece Hoodie New Womens AF High Rise Cropped Flare Sateen Pants 2016 ADIDAS PERFORMANCE Duramo 6 W Running White Ftw Metallic Silver Glow S14 New Womens AF Denim Mini Skirt 2016 Adidas Men Originals Plimcana 2 0 Low Shoes New Womens AF Lace Midi Skirt 2016 ADIDAS PERFORMANCE Duramo 6 W Noiess Noiess Rosflu Men Running adizero Tempo Boost 7 Shoes ADIDAS ORIGINALS Extaball Up W Noiess Noiess Ftwbla ADIDAS PERFORMANCE Galaxy W Neon Pink Metallic Silver Black 1 Men Running Springblade Ignite Shoes Running adizero Takumi Sen Boost 3 Shoes Cheap Womens AF Drapey Cheap York Graphic Tee 2016