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Friday May 1st, 2015

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Ronald McDonald House is coming to Windsor thanks to a partnership with Windsor Regional Hospital.

The agreement between the hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario means the introduction of a Ronald McDonald “House Within a Hospital” at the hospital’s Met Campus that will accommodate families requiring overnight stays right inside the hospital. Families will be able to be just steps away from their hospitalized children at all times.

“We are extremely proud to be the first hospital in Canada privileged to house a Ronald McDonald House program that meets the needs of any parent by giving them a comfortable place to rest during very difficult times,” said hospital CEO David Musyj. “Ronald McDonald House is a name synonymous with our mission to provide “Outstanding Care – No Exceptions!” – and is a wonderful partnership that will serve families for many years to come.”

The RMH “House Within a Hospital” is expected to include at least five bedrooms to help keep families together throughout their child’s medical journey. The hospital is working on design concepts for the facility, which will be located on the 3rd Floor of Met campus, in close proximity to the Paediatrics in-patient unit and the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Ronald McDonald House Charities have introduced the model of providing Houses inside hospitals in other countries such as the United States and Japan.

“We are incredibly excited to be able to support families coming to Windsor Regional Hospital during their time of most critical need,” said Margaret Anderson, Executive Director for Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario. “Approximately 26% of the families we support at our House in London come from the Windsor-Essex region. While that number won’t change, we are thrilled to be able to bring the same level of comfort and support right into the Windsor-Essex Community.”

The facility is targeted to open in Spring of 2016.

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