Ronald McDonald House temporarily closes
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Marshfield has made the decision to temporarily close the Ronald McDonald House of Marshfield to all families, effective March 24.
“Ronald McDonald House Charities of Marshfield is committed to providing clean and healthy family-centered spaces for families to rest, recharge and connect with one another. The health and well-being of our guest families, staff and the communities in which we serve is always our top priority,” staff said in a release.
“In light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and Governor Evers’ recent ‘Safer at Home’ order, we have made the decision to temporarily close Ronald McDonald House of Marshfield to all families…
“This decision was arrived at after considerable information gathering, ever-changing hospital protocols, deep contemplation and an awareness of the impact it will have on the children and families we seek to support.”
Staff added the programs and communal house create a situation that may “put people at risk and add to the spread of the virus.”
Current Ronald McDonald House guests have been moved to a local hotel.
“At this time, we will not be able to accommodate Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Marshfield Clinic or Obstetrics families within the House or at a hotel,” the release said. “To support these families, staff will be working with Marshfield Children’s Hospital to provide comfort bags to new admissions on behalf of RMHC. The bag will include bottles of water, stuffed animal, toiletries, snacks and a note of support from RMH staff. This is in effort to support those families in a small way as well as be sure that no donated snacks and supplies go to waste or expire.”
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit families will be offered a hotel voucher during their baby’s stay in the hospital.
For more information, visit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Marshfield Facebook page.