Ronald McDonald Family Rooms Opens At Capital Regional Medical Center

By: Jacquie Slater Email
By: Jacquie Slater Email

Tallahassee, FL -- May 16, 2012 --

With the snip of a ribbon, the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at the Capital Regional Medical Center is officially open.

Cardiac Services Director, Jeff Riley knows first hand how much this will help families. He stayed at a Ronald McDonald House when his twins were born prematurely.

"They don't have to leave the premises. Being close by and connected to your children is very important, so, I don't know how we would've gotten through it without the Ronald McDonald House," said Riley.

The new Family Room is going to be staffed with volunteers from The Ronald McDonald House charities of Tallahassee. It's an opportunity for them to work with local families as well as those from out of town who might be staying at the Ronald McDonald House on Seventh Avenue.

Located at the end of the hall of the new seven room pediatric unit, parents will still be close to their child. The Family Room consists of two areas. The first is a play room for patient siblings and the second is an adult lounge complete with refreshments and internet access.

"It affords the parents an opportunity to leave the patient's room, but yet, be a little relaxed, let their hair down," said Brian Cook, President and CEO of Capital Regional Medical Center.

Karen Smith
"I see this being a room that is used on a daily basis by families that are here in the pediatric wing. So, I think that the play room, the lounge, the coffee pot will always see quite a bit of use," said Karen Smith, Board Chair of the Ronald McDonald House in Tallahassee.


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  • by Thank you on May 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
    This is a wonderful addition to this facility. If you have been in a hospital recently sometimes it is the little things that makes the difference. Remember you can be in need of this for your loved one.
  • by Jaded Purple Location: Tallahassee on May 17, 2012 at 07:48 AM
    Having had surgery at both hospitals over the years...Capital Regional Medical Ctr is much nicer and less crowded. I prefer it over TMRMC's facility. Of course, I do have insurance and can pay my co-pays. Hospitals tend to take private and public insurances. ERs don't turn you away if you have a true emergency insurance or no insurance.
  • by merrr on May 17, 2012 at 01:26 AM
    I find it ironic that many folks will have to see the inside of a medical center because they're eating too much "ronald McDonald's" burgers, fries, n shakes.
  • by If you have the money... Location: Tallahassee on May 16, 2012 at 06:20 PM
    If you only take patients with good insurance, you can afford to build nice rooms that don't generate money.
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      by Pay your own doctor bill on May 17, 2012 at 04:01 AM in reply to If you have the money...
      I am sure they accept people without insurance. Cash, check, credit card, payment plan, etc.
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      by Anonymous on May 17, 2012 at 05:47 AM in reply to If you have the money...
      They take all insurance types (including medicaid, medicare, etc). I wouldn't exactly call those "good" insurance policies.
  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2012 at 05:22 PM
    That is so nice to have place for families to stay when a child is the hospital, way to go CRMC.......
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      by me on May 17, 2012 at 04:57 AM in reply to
      It's just a breakroom, not a place for families to stay... I don't see what much of the difference is with any other waiting room; other than maybe free snacks!
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