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.
"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.