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Ronald McDonald Family Room opens at Primary Children’s

Submitted by Primary Children's Medical Center

Parents with a seriously ill or injured child at Intermountain Primary Children’s Medical Center will be able to get support, rest and recharge in the newly-completed Ronald McDonald Family Room®.

The 3,545-square-foot facility opens June 10, and provides a place for families to stay just steps away from their children’s rooms. The Family Room includes several seating areas, private showers, stocked kitchen and dining area, laundry room with two sets of washers and dryers, computers and tablets, as well as four retreat rooms for overnight sleeping and daytime naps.

"Many families with a hospitalized child need somewhere to step away for a few minutes to regain their own strength so that they can, in turn, better support their child during treatment. But they don’t want to leave the hospital," said Carrie Romano, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area (RMHC). "That’s why we felt it was important to partner with Primary Children’s to create this home-like Family Room, where families can remain near their loved ones, to help ease their pain, lift up their spirits and overcome their illness."

As the largest Family Room in the world, RMHC estimates it will serve more than 25,000 people a year, in addition to the more than 4,000 people who stayed at Ronald McDonald House last year.The Family Room extends RMHC’s mission of service to pediatric patient families from Salt Lake and Summit counties.

"Having a seriously ill or injured child is often a very difficult time for parents and caregivers. We knew bringing a Ronald McDonald Family Room to Primary Children’s would provide needed respite for caregivers and support family-centered care," said Katy Welkie, Intermountain Primary Children’s Medical Center CEO.

Intermountain Healthcare generously donated an in-kind gift of more than $2.2 million to build a new Ronald McDonald Family Room at Intermountain Primary Children’s Medical Center. Cyprus Credit Union gave a $150,000 gift to RMHC of the Intermountain Area as well as $40,000 from Ronald McDonald House Charities Global, along with many in-kind donors who have graciously helped furnish, finish and equip the Family Room.

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The Family Room is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the year and is free of charge. There are currently 184 Family Rooms in 22 countries and regions — including one at Ogden Regional Medical Center.

While the Ronald McDonald Houses serve thousands of people referred from Primary Children’s each year, the new Family Room allows them to serve Salt Lake and Summit County families who do not stay at the houses, as well as families from rural areas and surrounding states with children receiving care at the hospital.

For more information, visit http://www.ronaldmcdonaldhouseutah.org or call 801-363-4663.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC):

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Intermountain Area provides a temporary home-away-from-home that serves and sustains families of seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment at area hospitals, as well as providing support to other programs that assist children in our community. For 25 years, the Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City has been a haven for families providing temporary medical lodging so families can stay locally for days, weeks or months to be near their ill or injured child in a time of crisis. Support of the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room provides families a place of respite while their child struggles with injury or illness. Support of RMHC directly impacts the lives of families experiencing one of life’s most traumatic moments. Through your generosity, you are giving families the ability to spend more precious time together. This means more hugs, more kisses and more "I love yous." Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process.

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