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Ronald McDonald House Charities opens third Family Kitchen at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s

Aug 19, 2021 01:14PM ● By Med Magazine

Families of patients at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s will experience more comfort and care thanks to a third Ronald McDonald Family Kitchen opening in the hospital’s Labor and Delivery department. The Ronald McDonald Family Kitchens are a partnership between the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland and UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s.

The first Ronald McDonald Family Kitchen opened just outside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s in 2006. In 2019, the second Ronald McDonald Family Kitchen opened to families in the UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Pediatric Department. This third kitchen is conveniently located on the second floor in the Labor and Delivery department and will serve the families in the antepartum area waiting to welcome their new additions into the world. This third kitchen was made possible with funding from Siouxland OBGYN and CF Industries.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland, Inc. designed the room as a space for families to find meals, snacks, beverages, and a moment together. The room features a kitchenette, small dining area and coffee bar.

“This room will give spouses and siblings a retreat when they need it, just steps away from mom’s room,” says Christy Batien-Clark, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland. “Whether it be for a moment of peace, or to find a refreshing snack or lunch, we hope this new Ronald McDonald Family Kitchen will offer the next level of support for Siouxland families when they need it most.”

Stacy Petersen, Manager of the Birth Center at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s adds, “This kitchen is a wonderful addition to our birth center. The Kitchens are a perfect picture of the care and support Siouxland families can count on from organizations such as ours and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland.”

Since 1994, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland, Inc. has been supporting hospital and community services through programs that benefit children in Siouxland by providing a place for families to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, 2500 Nebraska St., in Sioux City.

For more information on the Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Kitchens call Christy Batien-Clark at (712) 255-4084 or for information on the birth center at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s visit unitypoint.org.