The Times West Virginian

Local News

June 24, 2013

New Ronald McDonald Room to open Tuesday

Space at WVU Children’s Hospital offers amenities for families with children being treated at facility

FAIRMONT — A couple of weeks ago, a family arrived from out of town so their son could receive a 10-hour treatment at WVU Children’s Hospital.

At the time, finishing touches were still being applied to the Ronald McDonald Room, a 1,000-square-foot space that opens Tuesday that will provide places for people to relax, eat, take a shower, check email and watch TV. That meant the family either had to spend time in the traditional waiting rooms or go grab a bite to eat in the cafeteria or a nearby restaurant.

“The family room would have been the perfect thing for them,” said Steve De Jesus, CEO and executive director of Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown.

In addition to a visit from Ronald McDonald, the grand opening at 2 p.m. Tuesday will include a ribbon cutting and tours of the room as well as refreshments from Buffalo Wild Wings and Red Lobster on the fourth floor of the WVU Children’s Hospital.

Ronald McDonald House officials originally wanted to expand the current facility, but at about $7 million, the cost was too high. Instead, for a fraction of that cost, they opted to create a room with amenities that families could use when they take breaks so they could remain near children who are being treated.

 

Full story

1
Text Only
Local News
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive today

    Marion County residents have the chance to save lives today.

    July 25, 2014

  • Boil water notice for the City of Fairmont

    On July 25, the City of Fairmont had a water line break in Barrackville on School St. and surrounding areas

    July 25, 2014

  • UPDATE: Senator won't comment on lawsuit filed against him by brother

    A $1.7 million civil lawsuit has been filed by John Manchin II against his brothers U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III and Roch (Rock) Manchin.

    July 25, 2014

  • Energy Express 1 - CB.jpg Students at Energy Express gain ‘sense of community’

    Children have been learning at Watson Elementary School, even though it’s summer break.
    Thirty-four students in grades one to six started the Energy Express program June 13 and will participate until Aug. 2. It is run by West Virginia University’s Extension Services and AmeriCorps.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • FRESH FRUIT AND VEGGIES -TS.jpg WIC participants to get vouchers

    Participants in the Marion and Monongalia County Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) will soon have another way to get access to fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.
    Through the West Virginia Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, WIC program participants will be able to receive vouchers for use at their local farmers’ market.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Four new candidates file for city council

    Four new candidates have filed to run for Fairmont City Council this week: Rob Linger in the 3rd District, Richard “Rick” McElroy and Fran Warner in the 5th District, and Jeremiah Rivera in the 7th District.
    The election will be held in conjunction with the Nov. 4 general election.

    July 25, 2014

  • Couple charged with child neglect

    A Farmington couple was charged with child neglect after the wife allegedly sold drugs out of their home with children present.
    Johnnie Brint Thorne, 32, of Farmington, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with conspiracy and child neglect creating risk of injury.

    July 25, 2014

  • Four new candidates file for city council

    Four new candidates have filed to run for Fairmont City Council this week: Rob Linger in the 3rd District, Richard “Rick” McElroy and Fran Warner in the 5th District, and Jeremiah Rivera in the 7th District.

    July 24, 2014

  • WIC participants will soon have another way to get fresh food

    Participants in the Marion and Monongalia County Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) will soon have another way to get access to fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.
     

    July 24, 2014

  • Farmington couple charged with child neglect

    A Farmington couple was charged with child neglect after the wife allegedly sold drugs out of their home with children present.

    July 24, 2014

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads