Ronald McDonald Family Room Opens at Local Hospital

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida - May 16, 2012 - Noon

A local hospital is teaming with a charity organization to give parents of sick children a little break.

The official ribbon cutting of the Ronald McDonald family room happened around 11am on May 16th. It's the newest addition to the seven-room pediatric center at Capital Regional Medical Center.
It's the first of it's kind for a for-profit hospital.

The family room consists of two areas, one is a play area for patients' siblings. The other area is more of an adult lounge with a television, Internet access and refreshments. The idea is that parents and siblings have a place to go to unwind and take a breather while their sick child is receiving care. The play area has games, a Wii, activities and a large, flat screen television. Patients will also be able to take toys back to their room.

The family room will be staffed with volunteers from the Ronald McDonald House. Right now, the pediatric unit is quiet here at the hospital, but the staff hope that once the word gets out about the new unit and family room, the area will be bustling with activity.


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  • by merry Location: tallahassee on May 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
    Ms. Smith is a wonderful away from home-maker and she is a home breaker. She is very witty, charming and chatty. She has done a very nice thing for families in this case. Nice Ms. Smith. Keep on helping families stay together rather than them having to break apart.
  • by TallyVoter on May 17, 2012 at 08:16 AM
    An awesome addition.
  • by blc Location: Tallahassee on May 16, 2012 at 03:55 PM
    And the decision to put it at a hospital that has a very poor track record with pediatrics is because??? TMH would be a more benificial hospital to have this support system in place.
  • by Veteran Location: Florida on May 16, 2012 at 03:49 PM
    I was recently hospitalized at CRMC. They have an RN-VA Navigator that made my experience very pleasant. She went above and beyond to make sure my physician at the VA clinic was aware of admission. Thanks to CRMC for the VA Navigator (Teresa).
  • by blc Location: Tallahassee on May 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
    And the decision to put it at a hospital that has a very poor track record with pediatrics is because??? TMH would be a more benificial hospital to have this support system in place.
  • by blc Location: Tallahassee on May 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
    And the decision to put it at a hospital that has a very poor track record with pediatrics is because??? TMH would be a more benificial hospital to have this support system in place.
  • by val Location: tallahassee on May 16, 2012 at 01:16 PM
    I think it is wonderful to have this addition to a wonderful hospital that has very loving and kind staff!
  • by crawfrodville Location: crawfordville on May 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    hopefully they will treat their young patients better then they do the veterans that they serve in the area.... had a very bad experience there recently.
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      by Anonymous on May 16, 2012 at 02:48 PM in reply to crawfrodville
      Hospitals are supposed to be bad experiences.... you're not there to have fun!
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