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Ronald McDonald House to open in Duluth

Updated: June 25, 2020 06:56 PM

Big medical news on Thursday. Essentia Health and the Ronald McDonald House Charities are partnering to open up a Ronald McDonald House in Duluth.

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It will be located on the 4th floor of Essentia's Fifth Avenue Building at 503 E Third Street, near the hospital.

They expect to open it late this fall. Construction will begin in July.

Families of young patients can stay there at no cost. There will be five private bedrooms, a full kitchen, family room, laundry, and pantry. Five families can stay at one time.

Dinner will be served seven days a week, and brunch will be included on the weekends.

Essentia said priority for pediatric patient families will be determined by social workers. Patients who are getting care at St. Luke's can apply too, as this is open to anyone, according to Essentia's CEO, Dr. David Herman.

Doctors shared that outcomes for patients and families are better when they have this kind of support. The Trettins from Ashland shared that they've stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis over the years. "Our family has been blessed to utilize the House on Fulton Street. They've provided us much comfort and care when the family needed it most," Brooke Trettin said.

Her husband, Brian, added, "It's the people that make it so special. You feel so welcome, and they take care of your needs when you are there."

In 2018, they cared for 2,600 pediatric patients. And 1,200 of them lived more than an hour away.

Just this week, Rose Sajevic and her family went through a devastating injury. It will require more surgeries down the road, and the Ronald McDonald House could help them in the future.

This will be the first location outside of the Twin Cities and Rochester areas, and the fifth in total in Minnesota.

Essentia Health Foundation will be providing operating expenses and initial build-out for the house.

If you'd like to support this project, visit: http://www.essentiahealth.org/RMH

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