The Times West Virginian

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

By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian

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.


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