Since the opening of the Children’s Hospital in 2010, we have been working with the Ronald McDonald House of Durham to provide a Family Room for Children’s Hospital families. This room has been a respite for hundreds of families over the past five years, offering a private, relaxing space to help them endure stressful situations.
The room is staffed with volunteers and is open from 9 am to 9 pm every day. Household amenities like a microwave, TV, computer and washer/dryer have benefited our families who often stay in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week supporting a sick child or infant.
Now, we are pleased to announce an expanded collaboration with the Ronald McDonald House of Durham. Beginning April 15, families of the Children’s Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery patients will have access to five bedrooms located on the third floor of the Heart Center.
“We care for thousands of babies and children each year at our Children’s Hospital, and as the only pediatric inpatient care provider and level IV Neonatal Intensive Care unit in Wake County, we are committed to providing the highest level of care for our young patients as well as much-needed support and resources for our families,” said Mark Piehl, MD, medical director of the WakeMed Children’s Hospital. “Our collaboration with the Ronald McDonald House of Durham is an amazing support system for our patients and their families, and this new house program is a great next step in our expanded partnership.”