Las Vegas Celebrates Grand Opening of Valley’s First Ronald McDonald Family Room at Sunrise Children’s Hospital

WHAT: The grand opening celebration of Southern Nevada’s first and only Ronald McDonald Family Room – providing families with a comfortable and supportive space to sleep, eat, rest and recharge – yet remain just steps away from their baby’s bedside in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

WHERE: Sunrise Children’s Hospital
3186 Maryland Parkway, Suite 200
Las Vegas, NV 89109

WHEN: Wednesday, March 16th

WHY: Because family is the best medicine any sick or injured child can have

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (March 17, 2016) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas, McDonald’s Owner-Operators, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, community leaders, and Ronald McDonald himself, gathered on Wednesday morning as we cut the ribbon and welcomed our first families into the Ronald McDonald Family Room.

Kris Engelstad McGarry presented Executive Director Alyson McCarthy with a gift of $185,000 on behalf of the Engelstad Family Foundation. Larry Johnson of the Del E. Webb Foundation was also in attendance and presented a check for $30,000. RMHC is able to bring comfort and care directly to the families where they need it most – right on hospital grounds – due to the support of Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Speedway Children’s Charities, NV Energy, Lexus of Las Vegas, and numerous other community supporters.

Having a critically ill or injured child in the hospital puts an enormous emotional, physical, and financial strain on families. “The only thing on these parents’ minds is their child’s recovery, and they will often go days, even weeks, without a full night’s sleep or a healthy meal,” said Alyson McCarthy, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas. “This new Family Room will provide these families in crisis with a peaceful and supportive place to eat, sleep, shower, nap, and relax — away from the critical care environment, yet right down the hall from their baby’s bedside.”

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