New Ronald McDonald Family Room Begins Construction

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On March 9, the Ronald McDonald House Charities hosted a Hammer Swing Celebration with its donors to officially begin construction on the new family room that will be located in the College Station Medical Center.

“This will be the first Ronald McDonald family room in College Station and for me personally, this is very significant because almost 14 years ago to the day I gave birth to a three pound baby in this hospital and started my journey with Ronald McDonald House Charities,” says Katy Scott, director of community engagement in the Brazos Valley.

RMHC provides the family rooms for parents of sick children to spend the night in the hospital free of charge. Their aim is to allow families to forget they are in a hospital and offer a time to regroup and rest just moments away from their child.

“This Ronald McDonald family room is going to be unique because it is going to have an exterior garden,” says Scott. “When you are in a hospital for a long time, you miss the sun and that tends to bring you down. This addition was two years in the making because we had to change the exterior of the hospital, but it was important for us to add it in as a source of comfort for families.”

Research shows that a family presence in the hospital helps children heal and cope better. Staying close by allows parents to better communicate with their child’s medical team and helps them maintain complicated treatment plans.

Additional services in the family room include:

  • Living room area with comfortable seating
  • Kitchen and dining area with a microwave and refrigerator
  • Sleeping rooms
  • Shower facilities
  • Laundry facilities, including washers, dryers and laundry detergent
  • Computers with Internet access
  • A seating area with a television
  • A quiet room
  • Snacks and beverages; meals are occasionally provided

To learn more about the RMHC family rooms, their programs, and how they benefit the community, visit http://rmhc-ctx.org/what-we-do/.