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New Ronald McDonald Family Room Supports Families at Inova Children's Hospital


RMHC DC FAMILY-CENTERED PROGRAMS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN ACCESS TO CARE FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

Opening of New Ronald McDonald Family Room in Inova Children’s Hospital Allows Families to be Present and Involved in Their Child’s Treatment and Recovery

New Ronald McDonald Family Room at Inova Children's Hospital

March 1, 2016 – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHC DC) – Falls Church, VA 22042

Since opening the doors to our first Ronald McDonald House in Washington DC in 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington D.C. has helped ease the burden of having a sick child for thousands of families in our community. Our second Ronald McDonald Family Room (RMFR) opened in February at the new Inova Children’s Hospital.  Through this program, families of seriously ill children will be able to be present and involved in their child’s hospitalization and treatment while helping them in the healing process. 

Inova Ronald McDonald Family Room Snack Bar

The opening of the RMFR will provide a quiet retreat for families.  Here they will be able to unwind and combat anxiety, depression and stress, which, according to studies, are prevalent shortly after a child’s admission to the hospital.  “It is a privilege to be able to expand our reach and impact with this new program in Inova Children’s Hospital,” said Karen Torres, RMHC DC Executive Director. “Much like our other programs, RM Family Rooms provide a welcoming space for families to relax and regroup while finding the support and encouragement they need to cope better with the illness of their child.”

Inova Ronald McDonald Family Room Sitting Area

“The addition of a Ronald McDonald Family Room to our hospital gives families a place for respite and comfort, while remaining close to their child” said David P. Ascher, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Inova Children’s Hospital.  “The Family Room also plays an important role in the healing process by enabling family members to be an advocate for their children with the clinical teams and to better understand their child’s treatment plan.  We realize that the better our parents feel, mentally and physically, the more they can be there for their children.”

Inova Ronald McDonald Family Room Coordinator Maia Damas

The Family Room in Inova Children’s Hospital is located on the 8th floor and is available to PICU and pediatric cardiac care families.  The room features a coffee maker, microwave, computer stations, and comfortable seating.  RMHC DC staff and volunteers are onsite to welcome and assist visitors. Donate to the Inova Ronald McDonald Family Room Wish List Here

Inova Ronald McDonald Family Room located on the PICU

Volunteer at the  Ronald McDonald Family Room, Inova


About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, D.C.:

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington D.C. (RMHC DC), a non-profit, 501 © (3) corporation, makes an impact on one of the most urgent needs facing families today – children’s health.  RMHC DC programs provide access to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal and cope better.  Through its core programs – 2 Ronald McDonald Houses, 2 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms (in Children’s National and in Inova Children’s Hospital), and the KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® that provides a medical home with “free” medical care for children in some of Washington D.C.’s most impoverished neighborhoods - RMHC DC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy.  All programs enable family-centered care and are a vital part of a child’s health care continuum. 

Ronald McDonald Family Rooms complement our partner hospital’s family-centered approach to patient care.  The Family Rooms provide families a place to regroup just steps away from their child and make it easier for parents to actively participate in their child’s treatment plans. 

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington D.C., go to www.rmhcdc.org.

 

About Inova

Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than 2 million people each year throughout the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond.  Inova is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient services and facilities, primary and specialty care practices, and health and wellness initiatives.  

Inova encompasses the full array of health services, including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 neonatal intensive care unit. We are home to many nationally and internationally recognized programs, including Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI), Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute (ISCI).   

Inova is a global leader in the science of genomics and the new era of personalized health, which uses a person’s genetic make-up, family and medical history, and lifestyle to determine the best prevention and treatment.  We connect researchers, clinicians and empowered consumers to improve patient care, enhance prevention and encourage wellness. 


Ronald McDonald Family Room Opens in Inova Children’s Hospital

New facility will provide respite and support for families of hospitalized children


 

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