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PHOTOS: Ronald McDonald House opens new location inside Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Trevor Dickerson

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A new In-Hospital Ronald McDonald House will opened yesterday inside Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Children’s Tower. The facility, run by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond, will serve caregivers and families of patients as their child receives medical treatment.

At 3,285 square feet and the second Ronald McDonald House in Richmond, the new In-Hospital Ronald McDonald House provides space for families to relax, prepare a meal or participate in respite activities. Compassionate, on-site staff will welcome guests and the state of the art, family-centered facility will offer dining and lounging areas, four Family Sleep Rooms, a food-service area, laundry facilities, a children’s play area and an outdoor patio.

Here, RMHC Richmond staff and volunteers will present regular programming including increased Lunches with Love and snack services, warm dinners, and interactive activities such as music, haircuts, and yoga sessions. The original Ronald McDonald House, open continuously since 1980, will remain open to serve families.

“When a child is hospitalized, there is nothing more important than the care and comfort of family. The in-hospital Ronald McDonald House will support our families, so our families can focus on the healing of their children. We are thrilled to open the doors to this new service and thankful for our tremendous partners at RMHC Richmond who help us treat the whole child and family – not just the illness or injury, “said Elias Neujahr, president, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Featuring residential, non-clinical architectural design, furnishings, and regular family programming by RMHC staff and volunteers, the new In-Hospital Ronald McDonald House will be licensed according to RMHC Global best practices. This facility, which will serve as a place of respite and care close to patient rooms, will serve all families receiving care through acute in-patient services and the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

“The new In Hospital Ronald McDonald House allows us to provide a higher level of support and serve more families in medical crisis. We share Children’s Hospital of Richmond’s commitment to patient and family care and thank them for providing the space within the new hospital to help us directly serve those in need,” said Kerry Blumberg, RMHC Richmond Executive Director.

Photos: Ronald McDonald House Richmond

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.