Meadville Tribune

Our Health

August 9, 2013

Ronald McDonald to the rescue! Burgers help buy local hospital kid-friendly ER rooms

MEADVILLE — Two Meadville Medical Center emergency room rooms have undergone child-friendly renovations, according to a news release from the Meadville Medical Center Foundation. The project was made possible through two $10,000 grants from Ronald McDonald House Charities Global and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Erie, Crawford and Warren counties and generous donations from the community.

Since approximately twenty one percent of Meadville Medical Center’s emergency room visits involve children under the age of 14, MMC recently redesigned two examination/treatment rooms with child-friendly décor including both a jungle and a seascape theme. The rooms were designed to help children feel more comfortable and more at home, thereby alleviating some of the stress and anxiety associated with the emergency room.

According to Kelly Gaughan Mahoney, president of the local Ronald McDonald House Charities chapter, “RMHC strives to provide happier and healthier lives for children in local communities. These two new child-friendly ER rooms are a perfect fit for our mission.”

In order to increase community awareness of Ronald McDonald House Charities’ participation in the project, Meadville Medical Center Foundation distributed a mailer to more than 3,500 donors. This also helped raise additional funds to bridge the gap between the RMHC grant and the actual full renovation cost.

RMHC, a nonprofit corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Its programs are grassroots-driven to enable the charity to offer help where children need it most — right in their own communities.

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