|The new Ronald McDonald House on Colonial Drive near Palmetto Health Richland will include 16 guest rooms. (Image/Provided)|
Published Sept. 15, 2015
Ronald McDonald House Charities broke ground Monday on a larger house for families whose children are being treated at a nearby medical facility.
The facility will double in size and replace the current home at 2955 Colonial Drive. Approximately 80% of the $5.6 million capital campaign for the project has already been raised.
“It’s a great day for RMHC and the community,” said Ray Tanner, capital campaign committee honorary chair. “After 30 years of continuous care, we’ve outgrown the current house. The construction of the new house will provide much-needed space and improve the experience families share as they find hope and healing.”
The Midlands’ only Ronald McDonald House will feature a first floor with private family check-in area, a pair of spacious living rooms, a kitchen, large dining room, office spaces and a conference room.
The second floor will include 16 guest rooms with some offering handicap accessibility, two living rooms and a laundry area. The house will also have an elevator to all floors and rooms accessible to each guest and an outdoor dining and entertainment area.
“There is a huge need for improvement and additional accommodations,” said Jim Best, board president. “We shouldn’t be turning families away. The new house will guarantee that we can continue to fulfill our mission, while local hospitals continue to care for more and more children across the state and region.”
Fundraising will continue throughout the construction process, which is expected to take a year. Naming rights and still available and contributions are welcome.