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Ronald McDonald Family Room

inside the walls of Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center

**Coronavirus and other infectious diseases**

Updated March 19, 2020. We are monitoring this situation and will continue updating the information below. 

As with all infectious diseases, RMHC of Idaho strives to provide an environment for our families that limits potential exposure. The parents and children who use the Ronald McDonald Family Room have medical conditions that make them vulnerable to infections, especially in shared common areas. 

Based on current information and following our infectious disease policies, we are closing our Ronald McDonald Family Room program at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center starting 3/21/20 for a period of no less than 21 days. This action is done in response to potential risk to parents, children, and staff. We are continuing to work closely with our hospital partners on alternative to supporting families during this time 
You can still help families at the Family Room by contributing to our fundraiser to support meals for families at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. It’s important to us that we continue finding ways to serve families with sick children. 

Find updates, resources, and local information on coronavirus here

Please contact Sarah at 208-227-2898 or sarah@rmhcidaho.org with any questions. 


The Ronald McDonald Family Room at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) is a comfortable and supportive environment for families with ill or injured children. The Family Room provides a place to relax, eat, shower, and sleep for families with sick children, all within the walls of the hospital. We really on support from the community to keep the Family Room going. You can help support this program by making a donation, volunteering, purchasing wish list items, and spreading the word about the impact this has on the community.


How You Can Help

Make a Donation

Your financial support of the Family Room goes a long way to ensure we can meet every family’s needs. Consider making a gift today.

Family Room Wish List

Providing wish list items for the Family Room is a great way to support families with sick children at EIRMC. Please check our Family Room Wish List and pick up one or two items the next time you’re at the store! Items can be dropped off during the Family Room’s regular hours (9 am – 9 pm, 7 days a week). We also have an online wish list where items can be ordered and shipped to the Family Room at: 3200 Channing Way, Ste 106 Idaho Falls, ID 83404.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are a huge part of keeping the Family Room running and ensuring families are receiving the comfort and support they need. Below is information on how to volunteer at the Family Room:

CORE volunteers: 

Our CORE volunteers are individuals who make a long-term commitment to volunteer two to four times a month at a regular shift. CORE volunteers will often work the front desk or come in regularly to bake and/or prepare meals. If you’re interested in becoming a CORE volunteer for the Family Room, please reach out to Sarah Patterson at by email or by calling 208-227-2898.

Food From The Heart:

A home-cooked meal or baked good goes a long way in helping to make the Ronald McDonald Family Room a comfortable place to stay.

For meal preparation or baking groups, please note that all shifts close after one person has signed up for the shift. This ensures that other people outside your group will not sign up for your shift. If you have others joining you, please email Sarah Patterson. She will send you a password to share with your group so they can also sign up for the shift.

It’s easy to sign up for a volunteer shift through our VolunteerLocal online calendar. Simply follow the steps below:

  • Submit an online registration form for each person interested in volunteering
  • When registering, you can use the same email address for all family members, allowing your accounts to be linked
  • After filling out the registration form, you will receive a confirmation email
  • Once registered, you can sign up for volunteer shifts through the baking or meal preparation calendar below
  • Please email Sarah Patterson with any questions.

Baking Calendar

Meal Preparation Calendar

Food from the Heart Volunteer Information – Family Room

Notes of Encouragement

Even the smallest gestures can go a long way to make a family feel a little less alone during their child’s medical fight. A great way to show your support is by decorating notes of encouragement and adding chapstick or lotion for us to hand out to families.

 


 

 

 

Help Feed Our Families

 

Feeding families with sick children at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center is a huge part of what we do at the Ronald McDonald Family Room. We provide three meals a day to families in the pediatric areas of the hospital. In order to provide these meals, we rely on support from the community.

 

You can help us ensure families are well fed and supported by sending meals to the Family Room. You can order from local restaurants or even provide gift cards, a great way to support local families. For more information, call the Family Room at 208-227-2898 or email Sarah Patterson, Family Room Coordinator at sarah@rmhcidaho.org.