Miller Children’s Hospital will be site for new Ronald McDonald House

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ronald-mcdonald-house-long-beachRonald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California announced today that it has signed a letter of intent to develop a Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Miller Children’s Hospital and Long Beach Memorial.

The current Memorial Guest Residence building will be refurbished to create a new Long Beach Ronald McDonald House to provide low cost temporary housing for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at Miller Children’s Hospital and other nearby medical facilities. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California will lease the land from Long Beach Memorial for up to 50 years.

“We are thrilled to partner with Miller Children’s and Long Beach Memorial to open the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House mere steps from Miller Children’s Hospital,” said Ronald Piazza, president, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. “The opening of the Ronald McDonald House in this location allows us to reduce building and operating costs while continuing to offer the level of care and service synonymous with Ronald McDonald Houses across the country.”

Today’s announcement is a departure from the organization’s initial plan to open the Ronald McDonald House on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Vernon Street.

“The services the Ronald McDonald House provides are world-class, so it’s fitting that its facility will soon reside on the campus of one of the country’s finest hospitals, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center,” said Mayor Bob Foster, City of Long Beach. “I’m proud that Long Beach will soon offer one of only a few Ronald McDonald Houses in the state, providing comfort and support to families of seriously ill or hospitalized children.”

Designed as a refuge that provides all the comforts of home, the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House will have 25 bedrooms with private bathrooms, communal living and dining rooms, a kitchen, and laundry facilities. Children can play in a designated playroom and game facility.

Ronald McDonald Houses help alleviate families’ stress by providing them with a comfortable alternative to either sleeping on cots at the hospital or incurring the additional expense of staying at a hotel. Additionally, families find comfort and encouragement in being surrounded by other families who are in similar situations.

“Helping address the psychosocial and emotional needs of patients and their families is critical to helping them cope and recover from their illnesses,” said Diana Hendel, chief executive officer, Miller Children’s Hospital and Long Beach Memorial. “Having a Ronald McDonald House will be of tremendous benefit for the families of patients with chronic and serious medical conditions.”

Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex—as well as maternity care for expectant mothers—all under one roof. Only five percent of all hospitals are children’s hospitals, making them unique not only to children’s health care needs in the community, but across the region. Miller Children’s is one of only eight free-standing children’s hospitals in California.

For more than 30 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California has been committed to providing comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California by creating a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.

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