After 28 years on Greene Street, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta is pulling up stakes and moving to Georgia Regents University … 150 yards from the front door of the Children’s’ Hospital of Georgia.
Ronald McDonald House Charities opened in downtown Augusta in 1984 to serve the families of pediatric patients who are being treated at Augusta’s medical facilities. Since that time, more than 15,000 families have stayed at our “home away from home” while their critically ill children receive care, many of them at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. We take care of routine things, like what to eat for dinner, so that families can focus on what is really important … the health and recovery of their children.
In 2012, RMHC served 631 families from 98 counties in Georgia. Through this new partnership with GRU and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, we will be able to serve more families … and from all corners of our state, as CHOG offers specialized care and resources that are not available in many of Georgia’s smaller communities. Services such as the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Level III-D (the highest level) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the region’s only pediatric emergency tertiary care center and pediatric trauma services, a hematology/oncology unit for children with cancer and blood diseases, and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation technology and a trained team to keep the hearts and lungs of critically ill babies and children functioning during the healing process. In addition, patients at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia have access to all the resources of Georgia Regents Medical Center and Georgia Regents Medical Associates at the state’s only public academic health center.
|“There is no more stressful event to a family than when a child is hospitalized. Having the Augusta Ronald McDonald House ‘come home’ to within a short walking distance of our children’s hospital will add to our patient and family-centered care and help manage the stress and discomfort inherent to acute disease. With the availability of the House, our new partnerships in all four corners of the state will enable us to better serve families that come to Augusta for world-class pediatric care.”Bernard L. Maria, MD, MBA
Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics
Pediatrician-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital of Georgia
We already know you and your facility well. Nearly half of our families have critically ill newborn babies in the NICU at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. And when the Ronald McDonald House is complete, parents, siblings, and other loved ones will be only a few steps away. From its early roots as the Wilhenford Children’s Hospital, CHOG has been caring for children for more than 100 years. That abiding commitment is important to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta. That’s why we’re proud to call you partner … and soon neighbor.
The new Ronald McDonald House, which breaks ground in July, will offer:
- 20 guest rooms, each with private baths
- Two isolation suites designed for children with suppressed immune systems so that children receiving bone marrow transplants or chemotherapy can stay with their families in a safe, healthy environment
- A large family kitchen
- A community kitchen for volunteers
- A “flex room” for families and the community to use for activities
- Living rooms with lots of things for everyone in the family to do
- A children’s play room stocked full of fun stuff to play with
- A toy tunnel, a secret place for kids only where everyone receives a new toy
- And, beautiful gardens and outdoor areas
I can assure you that our new house will be both beautiful and beneficial, a unique addition to the impressive resources already available on GRU’s Health Sciences Campus. But I want to be clear … the Ronald McDonald House is not simply our house; it is Augusta’s house. And with your help and support, it will become CHOG’s house … a facility that I know the families of your patients will be proud to call home.
For more information, please visit giving.gru.edu/RonaldMcDonald