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Ribbon cut on new Ronald McDonald House

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Several choked back tears Thursday as the ribbon was cut on the new Ronald McDonald House at Georgia Regents University, including Rachael Peeples.

Peeples’ 6-year-old daughter, Haley, has been a regular patient of Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

“This is my home away from home. When you have a bad day, when you get bad news from the doctor, this home makes you feel better,” Peeples told the crowd gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Thursday night was the last Rachael and Haley spent at the Ronald McDonald House on Greene Street which is being replaced with the new house on GRU’s Health Sciences Campus.

“It’s bittersweet … but we’re going to close that chapter, and I can’t wait to have more memories here. Thank you, Betts and Sean and staff, for making this a home away from home,” Peeples said.

The new house, located just about 100 yards from CHOG, is seven times the size of the house on Greene Street at 28,500 square feet. It has 22 bedrooms with private baths, bedrooms and a playroom especially for children with suppressed immune systems, a large family kitchen, and a living room for family activities.

Ground was broken on the House in 2013, and families will move in Jan. 19.

The ribbon-cutting included remarks from Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta Board Chair Pat Goodwin; founding Board Member Shari Covitz; CHOG Surgeon-in-Chief Dr. Charlie Howell; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta Capital Campaign Co-Chair Dr. Braye Boardman; and Betts Murdison, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta President & CEO.

Not only was Dr. Howell on the ground floor of contributing to the Ronald McDonald House as capital campaign co-chair, he was also on the ground floor of campaigning for CHOG starting in 1982. It’s all because he loves caring for kids.

“The pediatric clinical subspecialists – the anesthesiologists, surgeons, NICU and PICU attendees – we all cherish and love taking care of kids,” Howell said.

Having the Ronald McDonald House within walking distance of CHOG will lift a huge burden from families, Murdison has said. No longer will parents be a car ride away from their hospitalized children; they’ll be a short walk away.

Before there was a Ronald McDonald House in Augusta, pediatricians would often take into their own homes parents of hospitalized children, according to Shari Covitz, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta Founding Board Member.

“The parents needed support, and there wasn’t any,” said Nancy Wall, speaking on behalf of Covitz. “If Shari were here today, she would say, ‘You’ve come a long way with a lot of hard work.’”

Ribbon to be cut on Ronald McDonald House Thursday

On Thursday, Jan. 8, at 4 p.m. the ribbon will be cut on the new Ronald McDonald House on the Health Sciences Campus near the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

The event is open to the public. Public parking will be available at the Alumni Center off 15th street. There will be shuttle buses running every 10 minutes.

On Friday, Jan. 9, the Ronald McDonald House will host Georgia Regents/CHOG Day. All faculty and staff are invited to tour the new house at their leisure from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tours will begin every hour, on the hour. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

The GRU house is 28,500 square feet and includes more than 20 bedrooms with private baths, bedrooms, and a playroom especially for children with suppressed immune systems, a large family kitchen, and a living room for family activities.

Ronald McDonald House Charities opened in downtown Augusta in 1984 to provide accommodations for the families of pediatric patients who are being treated at Augusta’s medical facilities.

For more information, call 706-724-5901.

Editorial urges support for new House

The Augusta Chronicle: Dec. 22, 2014
Home Improvement

Campaign for new Ronald McDonald House still needs your supportDespite the name, rest assured the folks behind the local Ronald McDonald House don’t clown around. They’re less than $200,000 away from completing a $5.87 million capital campaign to build a new state-of-the-art home to house families of child hospital patients.

Causes don’t get any better than this, either: The Ronald McDonald House is an oasis of comfort to families with sick children, providing a home away from home in the shadow of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.And we can help. See www.rmhcaugusta.org to find out how.Then we can all share in the accomplishment, at a public ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at 1442 Harper St.

Read the full editorial: Home Improvement

“Edgers” raise money for new Ronald McDonald House

edge1Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta is one more step closer to its fund raising goal for the new House at Georgia Regents University, thanks to those who went “over the edge” last week.

More than 70 people rappelled off the 11-story Augusta Marriott on Friday to face their fear in support of the nonprofit organization.

The children served by Ronald McDonald House Charities face things a lot scarier than a 100-foot drop, according to Betts Murdison, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta President & CEO.

“A lot of people felt empowered when they reached the bottom,” she said. “Almost every person I talked to said, ‘When can I do it again?’”

Participants were asked to raise a minimum of $1,000. The gross fundraising total as of Friday was $80,000, Murdison said.

“The Augusta community has proved over and over again how supportive they are,” she said.

Ronald McDonald House Charities is now about $500,000 short of its $5.9 million fund raising goal.

The new house, located on the Health Sciences Campus near Children’s Hospital of Georgia, will replace Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta’s 4,000-square-foot facility on Greene Street. The GRU house is 28,500 square feet and includes more than 20 bedrooms with private baths, bedrooms and a playroom especially for children with suppressed immune systems, a large family kitchen, and a living room for family activities.

The new House is on track for its Jan. 8 ribbon-cutting.

Ronald McDonald House Charities opened in downtown Augusta in 1984 to provide accommodations for the families of pediatric patients who are being treated at Augusta’s medical facilities.

For more information, call 706-724-5901.

Ronald McDonald House moves ahead

The Ronald McDonald House, under construction at Georgia Regents University, is on track for its scheduled Jan. 8 ribbon-cutting.

“It’s set in stone; it’s a done deal. It will be done in three months,” said Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta President & CEO Betts Murdison.

Work yet to be finished on the house includes exterior brick work, drywall installation, and finishing touches like painting and carpet, but everything is going smoothly, she said.

The new house, located on the Health Sciences campus where the Center for Telehealth building once stood, will replace Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta’s 4,000-square-foot facility on Greene Street. The GRU house is 28,500 square feet and includes more than 20 bedrooms with private baths, bedrooms and a playroom especially for children with suppressed immune systems, a large family kitchen, and a living room for family activities.

Murdison is particularly pleased with the dedication she sees in the construction crews when she visits the site; they appear to be truly invested in the house and the difference it will make to families whose children are ill and receiving treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

“There’s a certain amount of pride I’ve noted in these guys,” she said. “It warms my heart.”

Having the Ronald McDonald House within walking distance of CHOG will lift a huge burden from families, Murdison said. No longer will parents be a car ride away from their hospitalized children; they’ll be a short walk away.

Ronald McDonald House Charities is $500,000 short of its $5.9 million fundraising goal. To close the gap, the organization is planning a unique fundraising event called “Halloween Over The Edge,” Where for a minimum of $1,000 donation, people can rappel down the side of the Augusta Marriott from the roof.

“It’s a bucket list kind of thing,” Murdison said. “The children we take care of face things a lot scarier.”

Ronald McDonald House Charities opened in downtown Augusta in 1984 to provide accommodations for the families of pediatric patients who are being treated at Augusta’s medical facilities.

For more information, call 706-724-5901.

Final beam goes up on Ronald McDonald House

The final beam was signed and placed at the Ronald McDonald House construction site on the GRU campus on Tuesday, July 29, during a special “Topping Off” celebration.

Check out the photos on the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta’s facebook page, which include this one above of Betts Murdison, President and CEO, and Sean Frantom, Development Director, of
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‘Topping Off’ event scheduled Tuesday at Ronald McDonald House site

There will be a “Topping Off” Celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the construction site of the new Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Georgia Regents University.

Officials with Ronald McDonald Charities of Augusta are inviting the public to be a part of history by signing the final beam that will be placed on the roof.

Augusta’s current Ronald McDonald House on Greene Street opened in 1984. Since then, more than 15,000 families have stayed at this “home away from home” while their ill children received care.

The new house is located within walking distance for the patients and families it serves at Children’s Hospital of Georgia. Officials expect construction to be completed in December.

For more information, visit rmhcaugusta.org or call 706-724-5901.

 

New Ronald McDonald House taking shape

If you haven’t seen it lately, the new Ronald McDonald House adjacent to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia parking deck is really starting to take shape.

Construction is moving along, and about $5.3 million of the $5.9 million needed to build the new house has been raised, according to Sean Frantom, Development Director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta, Inc.

“We are on schedule for a December or early January move in,” said Frantom, “and we are looking at a ‘Topping Off’ event possibly in late July.”

Dr. Charles Howell, Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Co-Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital, was featured in recent commercials to help generate donations for this new “home away from home” for many of his out-of-town patients.

You can watch those TV spots using the links below:

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The construction plans include:

  • RMHouse Const.Proximity.CHOG23 guest rooms with private baths
  • Two isolation suites designed for children with suppressed immune systems
  • A large family kitchen
  • A community kitchen for volunteers
  • A “flex room” for families and the community to use for activities
  • Living rooms for family activities
  • A children’s playroom
  • A toy tunnel – a secret place for kids only – where everyone receives a new toy
  • Colorful gardens and outdoor areas

Ronald McDonald House Charities opened in downtown Augusta in 1984 to provide accommodations for the families of pediatric patients who are being treated at Augusta’s medical facilities. Since that time, more than 15,000 families have stayed at this “home away from home” while their ill children received care.

For more information, call 706-724-5901 or visit rmhcaugusta.org.

 

 

CHOG NICU Wins Plane Pull Competition

Congratulations to our NICU who won the 2014 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta Plane Pull on Saturday, April 19 at the Augusta Regional Airport. greportplane

The NICU team, “Hope on a Rope” won the overall competition as they pulled the nearly 766,000-pounds FedEx cargo plane in 5.980 seconds. They also took home other awards including first place for the Medical Division, and the Biggest Heart award by raising the most money over entry fees of $3,750 that went towards the Ronald McDonald House.

A special thank you to the team and their sponsors: Maxim Pediatric Services, Petsch Respiratory Services, PSA Healthcare, Pediatric Healthcare for Kids, Barney’s Pharmacy, and Life Line Homecare Services. The sixth annual competition pulled in close to $45,000. 

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