Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held Wednesday for the new Ronald McDonald House at the new James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
The Ronald McDonald House has six bedrooms, a common space, and multiple play rooms.
Phyllis Flye, the executive director, says right now they are averaging 63 people a day, even though the house has only been operating for a few weeks. She says they're already making a difference for the families at the hospital, but she recognizes that the ribbon cutting event was about giving thanks to all of the people who put in the time, effort, and funding to make it possible. Flye says, "To our community leaders who have helped us with our grand opening ceremony, and to all the individuals who have donated items to keep our kitchen well stocked for these families to use tonight. So this is just a great celebration and a great opportunity for us to say thank you to all of the people that made this dream a reality."
Flye says whether they're out-patient or in-patient families, the Ronald McDonald House has provided a great space for kids to come and have fun while in the hospital. She says it's a great place for the people of Eastern North Carolina who want to stay close to home if their children need medical care.