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Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital Opens In-Hospital Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms

$75,000 given by Ronald McDonald House Charities to advance hospital’s pediatric care

RICHMOND, Va. – (June 25, 2013) – Leaders of Bon Secours Virginia Health System, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond today gathered at St. Mary’s Hospital for the dedication and blessing of three in-hospital rooms established for families of critically-ill pediatric patients. The Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms are the result of a $75,000 gift from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond.

Located on the hospital’s fifth floor, the Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms include two dedicated sleeping rooms and a respite lounge for families of children in the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units. The dedicated sleeping rooms include full-size beds, night stands, sofas and decorative upgrades including new wallpaper, new floors and upgraded private baths. The respite lounge offers a kitchenette with refreshments and a comfortable place for families to take a moment away to rest and recharge before returning to their children’s bedsides.

“Bon Secours understands that children heal better and faster with their family nearby, and we are proud to provide families with a quiet place to rest, steps away from their loved one’s bedside,” said Toni Ardabell, CEO, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. “We are extremely grateful to Ronald McDonald House Charities for their generous gift that will improve the lives of our pediatric patients and their families.”

Supporting families of children receiving medical treatment away from home for decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond also has supported St. Mary’s in advancing pediatric care, through an additional $175,000 establishing a pediatrics wing at the Bon Secours Reinhart Guest House, now under construction on the St. Mary’s campus. The wing will provide three sleeping rooms and a playroom for visiting families of pediatric patients. Completion of the Bon Secours Reinhart Guest House is projected for May 2014.

“Bon Secours and Ronald McDonald House Charities both understand the importance of supporting families of sick patients, especially when they are traveling distances to be close to their loved ones,” said Ardabell. “The addition of the Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms to the St. Mary’s campus will help us provide the highest level of care possible for our patients.”

Through its financial commitments to the Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms and the Bon Secours Reinhart Guest House, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond has dedicated $250,000 towards advancing pediatric care at St. Mary’s Hospital.

 “Ronald McDonald House Charities has long recognized St. Mary’s Hospital as a vital partner in providing outstanding pediatric care in central Virginia,” said Kerry Blumberg, executive director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond. “We share similar values with Bon Secours, and we therefore are proud to collaborate with St. Mary’s in providing comfort and care to sick children and their families, at very stressful times of their lives.”

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About Bon Secours Virginia Health System

Bon Secours Virginia provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs about 12,000 people, including nearly 300 physicians as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.

The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services, including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at seven award-winning hospitals.

  • Bon Secours Richmond is comprised of St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.
  • Bon Secours Hampton Roads is comprised of Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital.

About Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital

For the past 45 years, St. Mary’s has combined the latest in medical technology with the compassion of its founding mission to provide good help to central Virginians. Located in Richmond’s West End, the 391-bed hospital ranks in the top 10 percent of America’s hospitals for emergency care and provides services from a wide range of specialties, including pediatrics, neonatology, cardiology, orthopaedics, diabetes treatment, cancer care and surgical weight loss.

About Bon Secours Richmond Foundation

Bon Secours’ ministry of providing good help to those in need is supported by the Bon Secours Richmond Foundation, which raises funds to create healthy communities, advance clinical innovation and provide an extraordinary experience of care.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

We know that families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better.While Ronald McDonald House Charities cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, we can help lessen the burden and ensure more than 4.5 million families a year have the stability and resources they need to keep their child healthy and happy. For 38 years, our approach has been to think globally but act locally by tailoring our programs to address the most urgent needs of each community we serve. With a network of local chapters, our core programs can be found in 57 countries and regions around the globe.

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