The Family Room and Family Suite are comfortable havens within the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center where families can find support and a comfortable respite while remaining close to their ill child and caregivers. Located steps away from the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units and staffed by compassionate volunteers, the program offers a refuge from the stress and tension of the hospital environment.
The Ronald McDonald House Family Room is an extension of the Ronald McDonald House and provides the same warm home-like atmosphere for local families who need to be near their sick child and do not want to leave the hospital. The Room offers a peaceful place to have a snack and cup of coffee, watch TV, read or catch up on electronic communications. Siblings can quietly play a game or relax.
The Family Suite has two bedrooms for parents of the most seriously ill children. There is also a small kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave. It is a place for parents, siblings and extended family members to rest or relax, but still remain close to their child during the day while they visit the hospital.
Our goal is to provide an uplifting setting that offers comfort and support to families of children receiving medical treatment. Our Family Room operates with the help of volunteers who staff and oversee the room. Each month, approximately 100 volunteers welcome families and help bring a warm friendly environment to the room. We rely on community support to provide complementary snacks and beverages to stock the kitchen/snack area. RMHC also provides and replaces furnishings, toys, books, videos or other supplies as the need arises through the generous support of our friends and supporters.