“I never thought we would need to utilize any service of Ronald McDonald House Charities, but I’m so glad the room was there when we needed it,” said Kayla Hoff. Kayla and her husband, Aaron, are from the Fargo-Moorhead area and found comfort at the Ronald McDonald Family Room so they never had to be more than a few steps away from their baby Delilah who was born 7 weeks early.
Delilah was whisked away quickly after birth to receive specialized care and learn to eat on her own when Aaron and Kayla’s nurses informed them of the Ronald McDonald Family Room -just steps away located within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Essentia Health. For 38 days, the Hoff family found a comfortable space where they were able to utilize the microwave and relaxing seating area as well as grab quick snacks when needed.
It’s crazy to think that this time last year we were gearing up to open our Ronald McDonald Family Room! Because of the support from our community and volunteers, 256 families have found respite within the Ronald McDonald Family Room walls over the past year just like the Hoff Family.
When Essentia Health did a remodel of their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, we were ecstatic to be a part of it with a Ronald McDonald Family Room – the first ever in North Dakota. This area is equipped with a shower, kitchenette, and comfortable chairs for parents and family members to rest and recharge in the hospital just steps away from their baby.
We are excited to continue this service of keeping families just steps away from their critically-ill kids for years to come!