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Ronald McDonald Room offers families a respite during long hospital stays

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Jun 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-18 19:30:10-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Ronald McDonald Room at Primary Children's Hospital opened a year ago, and since that time more than 7,500 families have taken refuge in its warm atmosphere.

The room offers a save haven for the families of children being treated at the hospital, and officials said the room can help people decompress and release some of the pressure that comes with long hospital stays.

Carrie Romano is the executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Romano said the room helps those in need.

"The family room has given them a lovely respite spot to regain their strength so that they in turn can be a support to their child patient, which is what's most important," Romano said.

The room allows families of patients a place to rest and recover that has a living room, kitchen and even laundry facilities. The area also features private bedrooms.

FOX 13 News' Dave Nemeth took a look at the Ronald McDonald Room and the impact it has had at the hospital, see the video above for details. To learn more about Ronald McDonald House charities, visit their website.