June 2018


Family Room Celebration

This month, we are celebrating the 5th Anniversary of our 3rd Floor Ronald McDonald Family Room (RMFR) at Primary Children’s Hospital. On Thursday, June 7th, we hosted an open house in the Family Room for the hospital patient families, staff and volunteers. With amazing support in the last five years we’ve offered needed respite for over 31,000 pediatric patient families that have visited the room more than 270,000 times. Over 6,600 overnight stays have been provided and families found nourishment with more than 1,700 family meals lovingly prepared by volunteer groups. We are incredibly thankful to all volunteers, staff, donors and sponsors that have made this possible.


Family Room Spotlight

Azalea was life flighted to Primary Children’s Hospital from Idaho at just two days old. As her family was out of state and as this trip to the hospital was sudden, they found comfort and housing at our Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City. Azalea and her family have returned to Primary Children’s Hospital many times and have not only found comfort in our Ronald McDonald House program but our Family Room program as well! Jazmin, Azalea’s mother, along with her siblings have utilized the Family Room during her appointments and hospitalizations.

Azalea and Andrew helped us celebrate our FIFTH anniversary in the Ronald McDonald Family Room on Level 3! We have been honored to serve families like theirs for the past 5 years! Not only did they help us celebrate but they are also helping us reach our goal of raising $5,000 for our 5th Anniversary!

Jazmin- Ronald McDonald Family room has been such an essential support for our family when Azalea has been in the hospital having surgery. It provides a place to re charge our batteries. 

Click this donation link 
to support the Family Room 5th Anniversary Fundraiser.


Golf Tournament 

On Monday, August 27, 2018, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Intermountain Area will host the 30th Annual Golf Tournament at the Willow Creek Country Club, tucked away at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Sandy. Our scramble format draws golfers of all levels who come to enjoy a day on the green, and to help give families the precious gift of proximity to and time with their ill or injured child.

Last year the Golf Tournament surpassed our goal of $100,000 raised, and in this, our 30th anniversary year, we hope to do even more to help care for guest families. This popular tournament is a featured event in our ‘Year of Gratitude’, and we look forward to celebrating with long-time sponsors and golf aficionados as well as new friends. We are expecting to sell out our tournament again this year. A simple round of golf can have an immeasurable impact for an untold number of children and families for many years to come. Please don’t hesitate to reserve your spot

Please contact Stephanie@rmhslc.org for any questions.


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!


Volunteer Service Opportunities

Now that summer is in full swing, are you looking for something new to fill some extra time? We would love for you to volunteer with us!!! Summer, especially the month of June is one of the busiest times at the House and in the Family Room, last year we served 323 families in the House and 439 families in the Family Room. And although most of those families are busy with lots of appointments and treatments during the day, everyone needs to eat and a little distraction. Gather your friends, your family, your coworkers, or even your classmates and sign up to host an activity at the House, it could be anything from a water fight to your favorite Pinterest craft project. Or if you’ve always wanted to find your inner chef,  you should adopt-a-meal at the Family Room or the House. You choose the menu, bring the ingredients, and dazzle our guests with your superb culinary skills.

Any of these options can be a perfect way to  take a midday break to clear your mind, unwind after work or spend quality time with the people you love most on the weekends. Our families of pediatric patients will love having more people to interact with, will appreciate a full belly, and would love a little bit of entertainment after a hard day. Contact Liza@rmhslc.org or Theron@rmhslc.org to schedule an activity or visit our website to sign up for a meal at either location. Thank you in advance and can’t wait to spend some time with you this summer!