Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms Open at St. Mary’s

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    St MARYS Ronald McDonald House Family RoomRICHMOND, Va. (June 25, 2013) – Leaders of Bon Secours Virginia Health System, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond today gathered at St. Mary’s Hospital for the dedication and blessing of three in-hospital rooms established for families of critically-ill pediatric patients. The Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms are the result of a $75,000 gift from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond.

    Located on the hospital’s fifth floor, the Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms include two dedicated sleeping rooms and a respite lounge for families of children in the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units. The dedicated sleeping rooms include full-size beds, night stands, sofas and decorative upgrades including new wallpaper, new floors and upgraded private baths. The respite lounge offers a kitchenette with refreshments and a comfortable place for families to take a moment away to rest and recharge before returning to their children’s bedsides.

    “Bon Secours understands that children heal better and faster with their family nearby, and we are proud to provide families with a quiet place to rest, steps away from their loved one’s bedside,” said Toni Ardabell, CEO, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. “We are extremely grateful to Ronald McDonald House Charities for their generous gift that will improve the lives of our pediatric patients and their families.”

    Supporting families of children receiving medical treatment away from home for decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond also has supported St. Mary’s in advancing pediatric care, through an additional $175,000 establishing a pediatrics wing at the Bon Secours Reinhart Guest House, now under construction on the St. Mary’s campus. The wing will provide three sleeping rooms and a playroom for visiting families of pediatric patients. Completion of the Bon Secours Reinhart Guest House is projected for May 2014.

     

    Contact: Windy Campbell 804.762.9400