The National Charity League, Ventura County Chapter Juniors (NCLVCJ), has been, and will continue to work towards establishing a Ronald McDonald House Charities Family Room (RMHCFR) located at Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) as part of the hospital repurposing and renovation beginning in 2017. This RMHCFR project serves to assist with the psychological, social, emotional care of our pediatric patient families facilitating the Pediatrics Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unity, and the Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases (CCBD) Program at VCMC.

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When families at VCMC walk into the RMHCFR, we want them to forget they’re in a hospital. A respite location steps away from the pediatric, neonatal and pediatric intensive care unit, RMHCFR o er a place to rest and regroup right at the hospital, just moments away from their sick child. Research shows that a family presence in the hospital helps children heal and cope better. Staying close by allows parents to better communicate with their child’s medical team and improves adherence to complicated treatment plans. This is the continuity of care that NCLVCJ supports for all children receiving care in Ventura County

    The New and improved Play Room at VCMC

    The New and improved Play Room at VCMC

    Examples of some of the services potentially available with your support are:

    • A kitchen area that includes a stove or microwave • Shower facilities
    • Sleeping rooms
    • Laundry facilities
    • Internet access
    • Reference books
    • A seating area with a television
    • A quiet room