The Family Room
In February 2004, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville officially opened Nashville’s first Ronald McDonald Family Room at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. This room is an extension of the House where families and friends of seriously ill children can enjoy a break from corridors and waiting rooms, whether or not they’re staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
The Family Room includes a comfortable seating area, a kitchen stocked with snacks, a children’s play area, a half bath, and the support of caring staff and volunteers. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday when volunteers/part-time staff are available. The Family Room has served more than 435,973 individuals since its opening and averages more than 1,400 visitors per month.
Family Room facts from 2019:
- 110 meals were provided (individuals served at meals aren’t included in the numbers served above)
- 24 SOS Sponsors underwrote the cost of supplying snacks and refreshments
- 16,8000+ individuals served in the Family Room