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New Ronald McDonald Family Room Opens at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital

You might just call it "hospital hospitality!" A part of Geisinger's Janet Weis Children's Hospital in the Danville area has a new vibe.

A portion of the first floor looks more like a hotel room. It ties into the new Ronald McDonald Family Room.

Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey got a first look at the new digs early Tuesday morning before the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

The area was created to give parents of critically ill children a place to stay, eat, and rest while their kids are being treated just feet away inside the children's hospital.

The new family room inside the hospital is an extension of the current Ronald McDonald House of Danville.

The nonprofit has helped more than 370,000 families in three decades.

The Ronald McDonald House of Danville is marking its 36th year.

The total cost of the new family room is estimated around $880,000. Various donations, along with fundraisers including McDonald's Shamrock Shake sales back in March, helped cover the cost.

Construction on the Ronald McDonald Family Room took around 10 months to complete.

Newswatch 16 has followed the plans and goals of the project for several months, including this story which talked about the need for the room.

The goal is to get the Ronald McDonald Family Room up and running for people to use by July 10. However, volunteers are needed to help make that happen.

To learn more about how you can get involved or donate to support the room, head here or call 570-271-6300.