KANSAS CITY, MO — (FEBRUARY 15, 2022) — Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (RMHC-KC) is excited to reveal its latest Ronald McDonald Family Room in the Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider. Seeing the need for families to be mere steps away from Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s 70-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the pediatric unit which accommodates eight children, RMHC-KC made the decision to open another Kansas City-area Family Room to help support families in need. The charity held the ceremonial ribbon cutting on February 15. 

Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are provided so that families have a safe, peaceful environment to find rest and respite while their child receives medical treatment. The Overland Park Regional Medical Center Ronald McDonald Family Room will be the second in the Kansas City metro area. RMHC-KC currently provides a seven-bedroom Family Room inside Children’s Mercy. The original concept was born in Kansas City in 1992 and has grown to over 266 Family Rooms across 28 regions and countries globally. It is the fastest-growing Ronald McDonald House Charities program worldwide.

"We are so proud to be the first Ronald McDonald Family Room in the world and are excited to open another here in Overland Park Regional Medical Center to serve families with sick children,” said CEO of RMHC-KC, Tami Greenberg.  “While it is almost 30 years later, our mission remains the same: we want to be there for families of sick babies and children when and where they need us. We are thrilled to open 4 bedrooms at this new Ronald McDonald Family Room to serve families at OPRMC." 

Designed by Perspective Architecture + Design and built in partnership with J.E. Dunn Construction, the 2,500-square-foot, $1.45 million Overland Park Regional Medical Center Ronald McDonald Family Room will feature four comfortable bedrooms, a living room space, private bathrooms, a full kitchen-dining area and laundry facilities for families with sick babies or children in the NICU or PICU. 

“The completion of the onsite Ronald McDonald House Family Room at Overland Park Regional Medical Center will offer families facing the stress of having their baby or child in the hospital a place to retreat and recharge during a challenging time,” says Overland Park Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Matt Sogard, FACHE. “Our physicians, specialists, nurses and staff provide compassionate, high-quality healthcare to their precious loved one. And now this Family Room will allow our families — many of whom travel hundreds of miles away from their own home — to concentrate on their child. It’s an honor to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City in a shared mission to serve our NICU families with this home-away-from-home.”

For more on the newest Ronald McDonald Family Room, go to www.rmhckc.org/newfamilyroom.