Allowing families to stay close to their children in our new hospital

Ronald McDonald House

New Ronald McDonald House allows families to be steps away from their children

When the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital opens this November, families with critically ill children will be able to find a place to rest at the new Ronald McDonald House within C.S. Mott. The new facility is one of only five such Ronald McDonald Houses within a children’s hospital in the world. It will be located on the 10th floor of the hospital, just steps away from the hospital’s intensive care units.

While the current Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor that is currently just around the corner from the hospital will continue to serve more than 600 families annually, these new accommodations will provide a short-term stay option for families of our most critically ill children, many of whom were not expecting to have their child admitted and need a place to stay while they make plans and work with the medical team to learn about their child’s condition and treatment plan. The new Ronald McDonald House within the hospital will have 12 private bedrooms with private bathrooms and a shared common space, all designed to feel as much like home as possible.

This new facility will help accommodate the tremendous need for local, inexpensive housing for families with children being cared for at Mott. The current Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor has 29 rooms and is consistently 95 percent occupied. The new facility provides a convenient short-stay option for families whose children are being cared for in one of the hospital’s intensive care units.

The Mott Children’s Hospital social work staff works in conjunction with the Ronald McDonald House to identify families who would benefit from a stay at either Ronald McDonald House facility. The social work staff also helps ensure that these families access the support services they may need while their child is in the hospital.

The new Ronald McDonald House within C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital will be staffed by employees and volunteers from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and monitored by hospital security staff 24/7. Family members can sleep in their private room or rest in the shared lounge area that will have comfortable furniture, a large-screen television and snacks. Because of the critical nature of their child’s illness, many parents are reluctant to leave their child’s bedside. This new facility is just steps away and offers a needed respite, even if it is to just allow one family member to rest while another stays with the child.

The new facility was made possible by a $1 million gift from the Mott Golf Classic. Additional funds were raised from the Southeast Michigan McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association, Southwest Airlines, Friends of University of Michigan and other private donors.

Help Make A Difference: While there is a suggested $10 per night donation for families staying at a Ronald McDonald House, no family is ever turned away because of inability to pay. Construction of the new house and operation of both houses are possible because of donations. There are several ways to donate — either directly with money or with items needed for operation of the facilities. Check out the Ronald McDonald House website to learn more about how you can donate and to view our Wish List.

The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in the U.S. News Media Group’s 2011 edition of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” including third in the country for heart and heart surgery. In November, the hospital moves to a new 1.1 million square feet, $754 million state-of-the-art facility that will be home to cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.