About Family Rooms
- Our Family Rooms were developed in response to RMH of SNJ's commitment to expand our services to families of seriously ill and injured children throughout the nine southern counties of New Jersey.
- We are a place for parents, siblings and extended family members to rest or relax while still remaining close to their hospitalized child.
- Our goal is to provide an uplifting setting that offers comfort and support to families while their children are in a pediatric unit, PICU, NICU or emergency department receiving medical treatment.
- Our Family Rooms currently operate with the help of volunteers who staff and oversee each room. Volunteers welcome families and help bring a warm friendly atmosphere to the room. The hours of operation for a room vary based on the individual needs of each hospital.
- Each Family Room is set up differently, but generally, our rooms consist of a seating area, kitchenette, and a computer station.
- We provide complimentary snacks and beverages to stock the kitchen.
- We purchase and replace furnishings, toys, books, videos or other supplies as the need arises.
AtlantiCare Medical Center — Mainland Division
The first Family Room associated with the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey opened thanks to generous support from Ronald McDonald House Charities and South Jersey Gas Company. Additional original sponsors include Kitchen & Bath Design, Tony & Connie Lepre and Peggy Birdsall. This room was dedicated in March of 2003 and is welcoming parents in the Nursery and Pediatric unit.
Atlanticare Medical Center — City Division Atlantic City, NJ
In 2008 the hospital moved the Pediatric unit from Mainland into the City and we moved our Family Room to that new location. In addition we opened another family room, our eighth, at Mainland in the NICU.
Shore Memorial Hospital — Somers Point, NJ
Through the generosity of Ronald McDonald House Charities, our second room, decorated in an under-the-ocean theme, opened in November of 2003 serving the many families from the surrounding shore area. Although we serve families year round, the summer season ushers in a higher volume of pediatric patients whose families vacation at the shore.
Kennedy Memorial Hospital — Washington Township, NJ
Our third Family Room, the only one in the country located in an Emergency Department, has been in operation since April 2004, serving Gloucester County. Funding for this site was made possible by Ronald McDonald House Charities and our corporate partner, Valero Refining Company - New Jersey. The room is staffed seven days a week during designated hours, with the help of adult and student volunteers, to meet the demands of a highly utilized Emergency Department. In 2008 we opened our seventh Family Room in Kennedy's NICU with a memorial bequest in honor of Nicholas Sayles, a UNDNJ medical student.
South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center — Vineland, NJ
Our fourth Family Room opened in November 2004, serving Cumberland and Salem Counties, in this new state-of-the-art hospital. Long-time Ronald McDonald House supporters, the Catalana Family and Cumberland Dairy, partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, to create this room, serving pediatrics, special care nursery and the transitional nursery.
Virtua Health — Voorhees, NJ
In September 2005 our fifth Family Room opened in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), in an environment reminiscent of a Parisian Cafe, with painted awnings, cozy white rattan furniture, and a floral motif. This room is generously sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Patrick Monaghan Foundation.
Cooper University Hospital — Camden, NJ
Our sixth Family Room at Cooper, our neighbor in Camden, offers an Internet-cafe themed room near their NICU. Funding was provided by grants from Ronald McDonald House Charities and The Women's Board of Cooper University Hospital.
Virtua Memorial Hospital - Mt Holly, NJ
Our ninth and tenth Family Rooms opened in December 2008 providing comfort in the Special Care Nursery and Pediatrics. The rooms were made possible with generous grants from RMHC and the Virtua Foundation. Our partnership with the Monaghan Family allowed us to also provide a children’s playroom offering a fun playspace away from the bedside. The Pediatric Family Room is decorated in a beach theme serves Burlington County. The families needing the services consist of 30% military from Fort Dix and McGuire air Force Bases. Many of the spouses are serving our country overseas. The family room allows us to be part of their extended family.
Capital Health System - Trenton, NJ
Our eleventh Family Room opened in March 2009 with generous help from RMHC and local McDonald’s owner/operators Tom Smolar and Frank Quinn. This room located in the newly renovated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Trenton, the State Capital, provides care within the city. The brightly colored space provides cheerful comfort, a respite from medical equipment, a place to refresh and access to the internet, all within the secure unit allowing the families to remain close to their infants.
We are always seeking RMH Family Room Refreshment Sponsors. A donation of $100 a week per room will ensure that we have enough supplies, such as individual snack items and beverages. Signage thanking the business, family, group, school, or individual will be gratefully displayed at the family room of your choice.
To reach our RMH Family Room Coordinator, Dawn Ellis, regarding volunteer opportunities or to become a Family Room Sponsor, call 856-966-4663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.