Business

Ronald McDonald House Houston Unveils Renovated Facility with 20 New Bedrooms


See All Photos By Christine Hall | September 27, 2018

After four years of fundraising and 14 months of construction, Ronald McDonald House Houston cut the ribbon Thursday on its newly renovated flagship facility, Holcombe House, and its 20 new bedrooms.

The new space brings accommodations at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) from 50 to 70 bedrooms and allows the organization to serve up to 40 percent more families whose children are being treated in the Texas Medical Center, CEO Rick Noriega said.

“Throughout the construction, it was our mission to still be able to serve patients,” he said. “We never completely closed, even during (2017’s Hurricane) Harvey. It’s a real-world example of resiliency, which our patients and families experience themselves.”

Three weeks ago, RMH welcomed the Hernandez family as the first to reside in the second-floor of the new addition, he added. The third floor will be available to families in October.

In addition to the ceremonial opening, the nonprofit announced achieving the $24.5 million fundraising goal needed for the renovation. The “Behind Every Door” capital campaign, co-led by RMH board of directors president Lesha Pulido Elsenbrook, began in 2015.

The renovation and expansion features a new two-story tower with the 20 additional bedrooms. Other upgrades to the now-65,000-square-foot facility include the kitchen and common areas, an outdoor adult patio, a game room, a supervised play and nursery room as well as a playground. There is also a new multi-use cooking and prep area where residents can make meals.

Each bedroom in the new two-story tower includes two beds, a desk, dresser and walk-in showers with wheelchair accessibility.

“We want to create atmospheres for families to come together,” Elsenbrook said. “They are in the unique position of all knowing what each other are going through.”

The three-phase renovation began in 2017, led by W.S. Bellows Construction Corp. and Dewberry | Wilson Architects.

During construction, executives moved their offices down the street to the Texas Medical Center’s John P. McGovern campus at the corner of Almeda Road and Holcombe Boulevard. Now that construction is completed, the nonprofit plans to keep their offices there, according to chief advancement officer Lisa Estes.




Social Posts

profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

RT @McGovernPulmCC: Congrats 🎊 to our Dr Alisha Young for being awarded #PhysicianOfTheYear at Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital!#Faculty…

11 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

How can we expand the benefits of #immunotherapy to patients with autoimmune diseases? Our Dr. Patrick Hwu is finding out: https://t.co/qslSFfN3X1 #endcancer

11 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

@KellieMorgan70 W’re so sorry to hear this, Kellie. We’re thinking of your husband.

12 hours ago
profile_image

BCMHouston

@bcmhouston

Millennials are losing their hair faster than ever before. See what is causing this hair raising trend. https://t.co/4e9cqZiN8d #hair #hairloss

12 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

RT @DTGoteraKHOU: Medical miracles happen almost daily in Houston. 8-year old Ethan Page knows that all too well, he's able to play basebal…

13 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

@quillon3rdgrade Way to go! We appreciate your support.

13 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Aureliano “A.J.” Salas Jr. He served from 1996 to 2018. https://t.co/kvJWUKKPcR

13 hours ago
profile_image

University of Houston

@UHouston

@DankProto RT

15 hours ago
profile_image

University of Houston

@UHouston

RT @DankProto: ALRIGHT COOGS LET'S TEACH THEM WHOSE HOUSE THIS IS!!! https://t.co/cILKT2eCVE

15 hours ago
profile_image

University of Houston

@UHouston

@_maryssasilva We are both festive AND informative! 😸

15 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

RT @UTHSIC: MARK YOUR CALENDERS!!! We invite everyone in @UTHealth to join us for our family friendly 3rd Annual Sports Day! Registration w…

15 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

VA Acquisition Academy Expands the Warriors to Workforce Program, helps more returning Veterans transition into federal contracting careers https://t.co/mOEyKr1Ker

15 hours ago
profile_image

BCMHouston

@bcmhouston

The holidays are in full swing around Baylor College of Medicine. See how we make spirits bright with fun decorations, holiday sweaters and more! View all of our photos here: https://t.co/4i82D3NAMm #Holidays #HolidaySpirit https://t.co/KapumaBi79

16 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Wreaths Across America lays 1,100 wreaths for veterans in Raleigh https://t.co/ZXPqUlLXHe via @ABC11_WTVD

16 hours ago
profile_image

CHI St. Luke's Health

@CHI_StLukes

If you want to avoid a belly like a bowl full of jelly, discover some steps you can take to sidestep the traditional #holiday weight gain: https://t.co/m7gpY83lxN https://t.co/W0DEIidmTj

17 hours ago