A groundbreaking date has been set for a 60,000-square-foot Ronald McDonald House at Stony Brook Hospital. After raising more than $23 million for the project, New Hyde Park-based Ronald McDonald House Charities NY Metro said it will break ground on April 17.
The program provides free lodging, meals, and emotional support to keep families seeking medical treatment for their sick children near the care they need. There are more than 380 house programs, and more than 265 room programs around the world, according to the RMHC website.
“We are thrilled to have achieved this milestone as we push toward making the dream of a Ronald McDonald House a reality for Suffolk County families,” Cynthia Lippe, who is heading the fundraising effort, said in a statement. “We thank those who have supported us and urge others to join us in this most noble of efforts.”
Located within walking distance to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, the house will be the only in Suffolk County, in addition to the two rooms already in the hospital and its neonatal intensive care unit.
The new house will include 30 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a communal dining room, a movie theater and fitness room, administrative offices and a great room designed with children in mind.
“The new Ronald McDonald House will provide a safe, secure, and comfortable environment for families of children who are hospitalized at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital,” Carol Gomes, CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital, said in a written statement.
“We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities NY Metro,” Gomes added. “The facility underscores Stony Brook Medicine’s commitment to offer exceptional care to meet the needs of our patients and their families.”