(Cleveland) The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday morning for their newly expanded facility. The new wing adds an additional 20,000 square feet on four floors, including 18 new guest rooms, a larger kitchen facility, an extended recreaction room for families to gather and an expanded conference center available for community meetings.
The demand for service at RMH has grown significantly in recent years as a result of the increase in pediatric services offered at area medical centers. During the past four years, RMH has experienced unprecedented occupancy rates.
Last year 1,500 families were turned away due to lack of available rooms. With the addition of 18 new guest rooms, the House will be able to welcome 55 families each night, keeping them in close proximity to the hospitals while their sick child received medical care
To undertake this expansion and renovation project, RMH launched a $13.5 million capital campaign in 2012. In addition to the construction and renovation, the campaign will also provide funds for long-term capital improvements and build the organization's endowment to help with increased operating expenses.
The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland was the first RMH chapter in the nation to incorporate New Markets Tax Credits into the financing of a capital campaign, paving the way for other chapters to benefit from this type of financing.
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