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Ronald McDonald House to open at Cardon Children's Medical Center

 

MESA, Ariz. (Nov. 12, 2012):  The Valley of the Sun will be home to a third Ronald McDonald House, and the first in the East Valley, when a former health care facility on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa is converted into a 10,255 square foot home-away-from home.

When the $2.116 million renovation, funded primarily through donations, is complete in late 2013, Ronald McDonald House Charities will be able to accommodate up to 79 families a night at its three facilities.  The 248-bed Cardon Children’s Medical Center is operated by Banner Health.

The new facility will feature 16 bedrooms, including three apartments with kitchens for families with children with suppressed immune systems; a community kitchen and dining room; play area for children and outdoor area for adults. The original Ronald McDonald House is located at 501 E. Roanoke Ave. 

Fundraising for the new location is ongoing.  As of Nov. 1, nearly $967,000 has been raised to support the project, including a generous $500,000 gift from the Gila River Indian Community. 

Banner Health Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities are working to raise the remaining $1.15 million necessary to complete the building conversion. McDonald’s owner/operators in the Valley have committed to provide some percentage of required operating expenses for the first three years.

As a nonprofit health care system, Banner Health relies on philanthropy. Charitable contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations fund important services and initiatives, such as the Ronald McDonald House, and helps Banner deliver excellent patient care to more people in more places.

 “There has been a tremendous need for a House in the East Valley for quite some time,” says Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Nancy Roach.  “The convenience of being located on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center means that families won’t have to travel the 17 miles each way to the Roanoke House and can spend more time with their children.”

HKS Architects of Phoenix has designed the new house.  UEB is the general contractor. Historically, community and school groups and organizations, businesses and individuals have adopted and decorated individual rooms. Roach said that the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization will hire up to six new employees to manage and maintain the new House. 

 “The Ronald McDonald House at Cardon Children’s Medical Center will be a home away from home for our families, providing a level of safety and comfort at an incredibly difficult time in their lives and relieving stress by being with other families facing similar challenges,” said Cardon Children’s Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Rhonda Anderson.  “The partnership between Ronald McDonald House and Cardon Children’s Medical Center will be vital in the healing process for the children and their families.”

A special ceremony at the site of the future House, including a “blessing of the ground” by members of the Gila River Indian Community, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 on the Cardon Children’s Medical Center campus at Southern Avenue and Dobson Road in Mesa.  Additional events, including a Hard Hat tour and official ribbon cutting ceremony will be announced at a later date.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.  For more information about Cardon Children’s Medical Center, visit www.bannerhealth.com/CardonChildrens..

ABOUT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix provides a “home away from home” for children and their families who travel to Phoenix to receive treatment for serious, often life-threatening illnesses and injuries. The two houses operated in Phoenix can accommodate up to 63 families a night.  Families stay for days, weeks, sometimes months at a time while their children receive care. Since opening our doors 25 years ago, Ronald McDonald House has served nearly 30,000 families from across the state and around the world. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, a non-profit organization supported by individual, corporate and foundation donations, never turns away a family if it cannot afford the $15 nightly fee we ask.  For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.

ABOUT CARDON CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER
Cardon Children’s Medical Center provides comprehensive pediatric care for children from newborn to 18 years. The 248-inpatient bed medical center offers such services as emergency care, intensive care, neonatal care, general pediatrics, surgical and rehabilitation services, oncology, outpatient services and community education on topics related to prevention and children’s wellness. Cardon Children’s Medical Center is owned and operated by Phoenix-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country with 23 hospitals in seven states. To learn go to www.bannerhealth.com/CardonChildrens.

ABOUT BANNER HEALTH FOUNDATION
Banner Health Foundation secures and stewards charitable contributions to advance Banner Health’s mission of making a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care.  Charitable contributions are invested locally to support programs and services in Banner’s nonprofit hospitals and health care facilities throughout Arizona.  Philanthropy allows Banner Health to constantly build on its commitment to innovation, supports vital patient care and community services, provides the means for the latest technology and global research, and helps deliver excellent patient care to more people in more places. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.org/BannerFoundation.

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