Designed with Love: Ronald McDonald Family Room

A few weeks ago Ken and I celebrated the grand opening of the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, complete with a Ken Kelly kitchen and locker room! We were  honored to support this wonderful effort and extraordinary cause.  The 1,000 square-foot room is a home away from home for the families and the children in need of advanced medical care. It offers families a comfortable living space to eat, rest, shower,  use the computer, watch a movie, and interact and support each other during such a difficult time in their lives.  The room is located right in the Pediatric Intensive Care unit and offers a way to be in the hospital but not feel like you’re “IN” the hospital. Dr. Margaret McGovern, Hospital Physician in Chief, says parents can comfortably stay 24 hours a day at the hospital room.

Ken Kelly designed a custom Wood-Mode / Brookhaven kitchen offering families a fully stocked pantry and the ability to cook a homemade meal and sit comfortably while eating. He also designed the locker room cabinetry and integrated laundry area. Manhattan-based interior designer, Anthony Baratta, said he envisioned a happy, peaceful place with a colorful modern vibe.

Partnerships like these “take a village” and included Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Anthony Baratta LLC, Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, and an army of incredible sponsors.   We especially want to thank our network of fellow Long Island Wood-Mode dealers and kitchen industry vendors for their generous donations to purchase the cabinetry and support this cause. As the plaque says, “SOMETIMES THE BEST CURE IS FAMILY.”

Supporters of Stony Brook Children's Hospital Ronald McDonald Family room

Special thanks for their tireless effort:  Dr. Margaret McGovern – Hospital Physician in Chief; Dr. L. Reuven Pasternak – Chief Executive Officer and Vice President for Health Systems; Robert Kijik - Stony Brook Project Manager; Matt Campo – Ronald McDonald House Executive Director; Kate Hunt-Rotolo – Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island and chairperson of its family room committee; Andrew Laufer – Ronald McDonald House Chairman of the Board of Directors; Jennifer Nicholson – Ronald McDonald House Family Room Coordinator; Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly; Anthony Baratta LLC; Sponsors (See list as depicted on plaque in photo above)

You can help support the new family room facility at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital by donating any of the following to help support it’s mission:

Pantry Items: Snack Foods (Chips, Pretzels, Crackers, and Cookies), Cleaning Supplies: Liquid, Hand Soap, Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener Sheets, Lysol Wipes, Kitchen Dishwashing Liquid, Paper Towels, Plastic Cups (hot and cold), Paper Plates, Aluminum Foil, Saran Wrap, Plastic Utensils, Large Garbage Bags (White or Black), Bathroom Supplies: Small Bar Soaps, Small Toothpastes, Toothbrushes, Small Shampoos and Conditioners Gift Cards: Waldbaums, Pathmark, Stop & Shop, Target (Cards in increments of $10, $15, $20, $25)

For questions about the new Family Room facility at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Nicholson, Family Room Coordinator at (516) 775-5684, ext. 158, or email Jennifer at jnicholson@rmhlongisland.org.

~Grace Kelly, Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly