The nonprofit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana has partnered with Cadence Health to build its fifth house to support families of hospitalized children.
The new house will have up to 12 private guest rooms with private baths, and will be designed to create a "home away from home" atmosphere for guests, according to the Ronald McDonald House website.
Cadence Health announced its partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities last week, and plans to build the first Ronald McDonald House in Chicago's western suburbs near CDH.
“Through this relationship, we will be able to offer a comfortable and supportive respite for our patients and their families,” said Mike Vivoda, Cadence Health President and CEO in a statement. “Being surrounded by family is an important part of the healing process and the Ronald McDonald House near Cadence Health – CDH Campus can help alleviate stress on families and allow them to focus on their child’s health care needs.”
Cadence Health will support the project's fundraising efforts and Central DuPage Hospital's Auxiliary has committed to raise $5 million for the project, according to a Cadence Health press release.
“Providing care and comfort to families of hospitalized children when they need it most is the mission of our organization, and we are thrilled to add the families of Cadence Health to the Ronald McDonald House community,” Doug Porter, Chief Executive Officer, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana said in a statement.
There are 323 Ronald McDonald Houses in 31 countries and regions worldwide. The largest house is in Chicago, at 211 E. Grand Ave.