May
2009

Cincinnati's Ronald McDonald House Opens Its Doors Of Hope

On April 30th, the ceremonial ribbon was cut and the doors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati new addition were opened. The 30,000 sf facility includes 32 new guest rooms that will become a home away from home for families of children undergoing medical treatment in Cincinnati. For over 25 years, the Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati has provided children worldwide with programs that directly improve their health and well being. The Cincinnati facility is the fourth largest RMHC facility in the world.

"We are honored to be involved with RMHC and its mission to provide a home away from home to the families of children from all over the world seeking healthcare in Cincinnati," said Joe Bodkin, GBBN project manager. He added, "The goal of the design was to provide a "family" atmosphere that gives warmth and comfort to the guests."

Shared areas in the building include a lounge on the bridge that joins the two structures and shelters the patio below, and a Wellness Center for family-centered programs, in addition to dining and play rooms, all different in scale and character from the original house to encourage more interaction of guests. The new addition will allow an additional 500 families to be served annually.

Photos:
1 - (L to R) Kevin Spector, Bob Gramann, Keven Speece, Ronald McDonald, Steve Kenat, Brooke Behnfeldt, John Blignaut and Joe Bodkin.
2 - Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati.
3 - Space design and programming provides family members with a home away from home atmosphere during their stay.
4 - (L to R) Marilyn Rhein - RMH Bd Chair; Bob Gruber - Chairman, Expansion Comm; Lakita Cole - City Councilwoman; Jim Anderson - Cincinnati Children's CEO; William Scrivener, Sr Dir of Pastoral Care, Jennifer Goodin - RMH Dir, Roxanne Qualls, City Councilwoman, and mother of RMH resident.