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Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House Doubles Lodging Capacity for Families of Hospitalized Children
Date:4/9/2008

LOS ANGELES, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, a home-away-from-home for families of children hospitalized for cancer and other serious illnesses, opened a newly-built auxiliary property on Lyman Place, a half block from its original Fountain Avenue location. Together, the two buildings can provide low cost, often free, lodging to 75-families per night; an increase from the previously accommodated 35-families nightly.

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Conveniently situated near Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and more than 22 other hospitals and medical centers, the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House at Lyman Place features hotel-style bedrooms with flat-screen televisions in every room. Other amenities include a fully-stocked kitchen, a state-of-the-art theatre and fitness center, a recreation area, computer room, and laundry facilities. Because many patients staying at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House are highly susceptible to infections, each room in the new property is equipped with individual ventilation and air conditioning systems.

"The completion of the Lyman Place building is truly a joyous occasion and dream come true for all who have been involved with and contributed to this project over the past eight years," said Vince Bryson, executive director, Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. "The satisfaction that comes with knowing that more families can receive the services the Ronald McDonald House provides, just minutes from the bedsides of their sick children, is beyond measure."

Care for seriously ill children is the specialty of only a few medical institutions throughout the Southern California region. The availability of Ronald McDonald Houses in close proximity to these medical institutions helps alleviate some of the financial burden and emotional stress families would have to endur
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