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In-Hospital Ronald McDonald House® at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Our Second Ronald McDonald House is in the Children’s Tower Sky Lobby at Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) at VCU. The facility, run by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond staff and volunteers, serves caregivers and families as their child receives medical treatment in a nearby pediatric unit. All families receiving care through acute inpatient services and the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU are welcome.

About the New Space

At 3,285 square feet, the In-Hospital Ronald McDonald House provides space for families to relax, enjoy a meal, and participate in calming activities. The family-centered facility offers dining and lounging areas, four Family Sleep Rooms, a food-service area, laundry facilities, a children’s play area, and an outdoor patio. Here compassionate RMHC Richmond staff and volunteers present regular programming including Lunches with Love and snack services, warm dinners, and interactive activities such as music, hair styling, and chair massages.

This space features non-clinical architectural design and furnishings to provide a home-away-from-home feel within hospital walls. Our In-Hospital Ronald McDonald House will be licensed according to RMHC Global best practices.

A Transformative Gift

This new facility wouldn’t have happened without John Kemper’s vision and philanthropy.

A dedicated advocate and supporter of RMHC Richmond, John’s expertise in building hospitals has been invaluable in creating the vision for this new space. John and his wife Deborah’s $350,000 lead gift is essential in bringing this $1.3M project to life.

Of their pledge, John said, “Deborah and I believe strongly that families are best served near their child’s care. When we consider the challenges that these families face, there is no better place for RMHC to be than in the new Wonder Tower.  The need is great and RMHC Richmond will serve families in new ways where they need it most.”