30 Years of Love and Gratitude
for our Hospital Partners
As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Ronald McDonald House, we extend our heartfelt thanks to our hospital partners. We are deeply grateful for the world-class and often life-saving pediatric care available in our community. We are the hospitality arm of children’s healthcare – and our mission supports family-centered care.
The first Ronald McDonald House in Utah was opened in 1988 to care for parents and families supporting seriously ill or injured children. Today the Charity operates a 72-room House providing over 26,000 room nights per year for nearly 4,000 families. Approximately 70% of families that stay in our Ronald McDonald House annually are referred by Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, 20% from the University of Utah Hospitals, and 10% from Shriner’s Hospital for Children. To further expand our mission and reach we have two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms located inside Primary Children’s Hospital offering parents a place to rest and regroup just steps from their child’s bedside. We are also delighted to offer Hospitality Carts at Ogden Regional Medical Center and Shriner’s Hospital – all dedicated to helping pediatric patient families be stronger together.
RMHC Improves Medical Outcomes Through Family-Centered Care. Having a parent close and more continually present positively benefits sick and injured children. Benefits include reduced stress, fear, anxiety, improved sleep, and reduced length of hospital stay. In 2014 The American Hospital Association honored Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) as an exceptional partner in the delivery of health care services, recognizing that RMHC is part of the continuum of care that can improve outcomes.
We are deeply GRATEFUL for the wonderful relationships we have developed with our hospital partners over the past 30 years and for the LOVE they have shared in support of pediatric patients and their families. Thank you to the extraordinary physicians, nurses, social workers, family resource and support coordinators, child-life specialists, security, environmental services, administrators and hospital volunteers for your commitment to offering extraordinary family-centered pediatric care.
How do we celebrate 30 years of love and gratitude? With 30 more!