RMH-SF Opens Second House Inside New Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay
January 29, 2015 – After 25 years of operating a ten-room House on Scott Street in Lower Pacific Heights, Ronald McDonald House® of San Francisco has expanded its services through opening a second House inside the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Mission Bay. The second House is expected to serve an additional 240 families annually and provides 11 rooms, an industrially-equipped kitchen, an entertainment center, a laundry room and a communal dining area. The House’s most prized feature, however, is its location: family rooms are just steps away from the children’s hospital care units, ensuring that families are never too far when their child needs them most.
“It’s all about location, location, location,” said Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco’s Executive Director, Lois Moore. “Through this second House, we’re able to offer parents the additional peace of mind of knowing that in the middle of the night they can get on that elevator and go up and check on their child.”
Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco has been partnering with UCSF since the House’s founding in 1989. The flagship House on Scott Street was built across the street from Mount Zion, the original location of the Children’s Hospital. Once UCSF made the decision to move to Mission Bay, there was a concerted effort to ensure that Ronald McDonald House would have a presence there. Executive Director of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Kim Scurr, describes the relationship with Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco as part of the hospital’s holistic, family-centered model of care.
“When a child isn’t feeling well they want their parents and siblings to be close by and while we have room for one parent to sleep in the patient room, a hospital room cannot accommodate a family,” said Scurr. “Ronald McDonald House provides a homelike atmosphere right downstairs! Families can get some respite and when they know that their entire family is being cared for it takes an additional strain off of them. This allows us to provide true family-centered care which is the hallmark of our children’s hospital.”
Second House inside UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital