WakeMed Children’s Hospital Dedicates Ronald McDonald Family Room
Dedication to take place during annual Love Light Ceremony and Tree Trimming
RALEIGH, N.C. (December 8, 2010) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals is pleased to add a Ronald McDonald Family Room, located in the new WakeMed Children’s Hospital. This is a much-needed resource for families of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) patients. The Family Room will be dedicated during WakeMed Foundation’s annual Love Light Tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 9 at 6:45 pm.
With comfortable couches, a microwave, a washer/dryer, a TV and computers, the Ronald McDonald room is a private, relaxing space for family members as they endure a stressful life experience. The room with all of its amenities and volunteer staff became a reality due to the efforts of the WakeMed Foundation and contributions of $70,000 from The Volunteers at WakeMed Raleigh Campus and The Volunteers at WakeMed Cary Hospital. Significant funding for operations has also been provided by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina.
The Ronald McDonald room, which is located in WakeMed’s new Children’s Hospital on WakeMed Raleigh Campus, is staffed by WakeMed Volunteers and is open from 9 am – 9pm daily.
This year’s Love Light Tree program includes a candlelight ceremony to rededicate the Love Light Tree, which was relocated during construction of the new patient tower that houses the Children’s Hospital. The Love Light Tree now stands in the new courtyard on the Raleigh Campus. Lights and stars on the Love Light Tree represent donations in honor or in memory of loved ones.
Following the tree lighting, attendees will join Twinkle, WakeMed Children’s mascot, for ornament-making, holiday goodies and pictures with Santa. Plus, attendees will decorate a tree for the Children’s Hospital.
Love Light Tree Ceremony & Ronald McDonald Room Dedication
Thursday, December 9 at 6 pm
WakeMed Raleigh Campus Courtyard
(just off the new Visitor’s Entrance)
RSVP to 919.350.STAR.
The Love Light Tree tradition began in 1985 when Dr. Bill and Coleen Lee donated the first Love Light Tree to the WakeMed Raleigh Campus in memory of their son, Matthew William Lee (March 5, 1979 – November 26, 1984). Today, the tradition continues throughout the year as donations are made in honor of, or memory of someone special. Each year, the tree is lit by one of WakeMed’s former pediatric patients. To make a donation to WakeMed’s Love Light Tree, please contact the WakeMed Foundation at 350-7656.
About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.