Oregon's 4th Ronald McDonald House Opens In Springfield

Sep 6, 2019

Donors and community leaders toured a new 20-room patient family guest house Thursday on the PeaceHealth RiverBend campus in Springfield.

The 8.4 million dollar Heartfelt House has two wings with 10 nicely appointed rooms on each side. The hospital says it was built entirely through philanthropy. For day-to-day operation of the house, PeaceHealth collaborates with a well-known charity. 

View of the common area in the Heartfelt House. The guest house will be operated by Ronald McDonald Charities.
Credit PeaceHealth Oregon

“Hi I’m Andrew McNall, Regional Director for the Ronald McDonald Charities in Oregon and Washington.”

Andrew McNall is Regional Director of Ronald McDonald Charities in Oregon and SW Washington.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

McNall says six families are already lined up to stay at the house.

“We provide the rooms, free of charge to the families. Just keeping families close during a time of health care crisis.”

Entrance wall of the guest house.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

This makes the fourth Ronald McDonald House in Oregon. McNall says families can stay in the house as long as needed. Last year, an Oregon family resided in a Ronald McDonald House for 261 days as their child healed.

In the front courtyard
Credit Tiffany Eckert

In the courtyard patio of the Heartfelt House, PeaceHealth Oregon’s chief executive Mary Kingston explained why they built this guest house for families.

PeaceHealth Oregon's CEO Mary Kingston huddles with three Catholic nuns following her speech.Credit Tiffany EckertEdit | Remove

Kingston studies: “We’re opening our hearts and our home here in Eugene/Springfield so that they have a place to stay and then they can focus on helping heal. There are so many research studies done, that having your family close by, hearing their voices, having somebody touch you that you know, to help that healing, is so instrumental.”

Interior of one of the rooms in the Heartfelt House. Most of the 20 rooms sleep 5.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Reporting from Springfield, I’m Tiffany Eckert, KLCC News