AUSTIN, Texas – (May 8, 2015) – The fourth and newest Ronald McDonald Family Room was ceremoniously opened at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin with a ribbon cutting and soon will offer parents of “preemies” and other family members a quiet place to rest and regroup while staying close by their hospitalized children.
The Family Room, which offers four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room with large screen TV, a kitchen, washer/dryer and a “tranquility room” for privacy, will officially opened to families on May 13. It is located just around the corner and on the same floor as the hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for babies born prematurely who are not yet ready to go home.
Kate Henderson, Ascension Seton Austin president, joined Carolyn Schwarz, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas chief executive officer, and others for a ribbon-cutting event attended by several dozen hospital doctors, nurses and other employees, as well as Ronald McDonald House volunteers.
“For Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities helps us provide what we call Personal Care,” Henderson said. “Our two organizations share similar missions to help patients and families in need.
“Families with children in the NICU need to get the rest they need to be strong for their children,” she said. “Our new Ronald McDonald Family Room gives them a place to escape for a little while and still stay close to their children’s bedsides.”
Ascension Seton Austin Family Room is the fourth such facility to open in the past six years in Central Texas – and is the largest Family Room built to date, with 1,800 square feet of space. In addition to beds, couches, television, laundry facilities and easy chairs, families have access to computers, the Internet and a children’s play area. While primarily serving families of newborn children in the NICU, the room will be available to all families with children being cared for at Seton.
“Our partnership with Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin will allow us to care for and comfort thousands of families whose lives have changed when their child is hospitalized,” Schwarz said. “Working together with Ascension Seton, we can give families what they need so they can focus on the most important thing – their child’s healing.”
Ronald McDonald House volunteers will assist with the day-to-day operations. For volunteer opportunities, please visit rmhc-ctx.org.
Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin Family Room was generously supported by the Ascension Seton Foundation; Friends of the House, a young professional group supporting the Ronald McDonald House; EZCORP, Texas Star Foundation, Insight, Lola Wright Foundation and the Raymond & Vivian Todd Endowment Fund at Austin Community Foundation.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its Ronald McDonald House® and Ronald McDonald Family Room programs, RMHC CTX provides a “home-away-from-home” for families that keep them together as their critically ill or injured children receive treatment in Austin-area hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House is a 30 guest room, nurturing home-like environment and the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are comforting havens located within four Austin hospitals. RMHC CTX is also currently expanding its services to Bryan-College Station. For more information, visit rmhc-ctx.org, follow RMHC CTX on Twitter (@RMHCCTX), or on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHCCTX).