Annual Report 2022

Ruth C. Browne, SD President and CEO
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Robert Grubert Chairman of the Board

Letter from Leadership

It feels like just yesterday we could not meet in person safely. We are so grateful this year to reopen the House’s communal spaces. Families can once again enjoy the Playroom, living room, dining room, kitchens, terraces, and the Blavatnik Family Foundation Wellness Center. As we look around the House, families are eating together, sharing stories and support, volunteers are returning offering services and activities to remind us that critical illness need not extinguish capacity for joy, curtail the ability to learn, or wear away families’ facility to advocate effectively for their children.

Pandemic notwithstanding, our ongoing constructions projects has resulted in adapted communal space at the house as well as in our hospital family rooms offering respite, food, and access to practical amenities like showers and laundry.

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Keeping Families Close

RMH-NY eased the burden of families of children with pediatric cancer and other serious illnesses by providing a home away from home for them as they underwent treatment in NYC hospitals. Our mission would be incomplete without the compassionate circle of support provided by our Family Support team. Our dedicated team of licensed social workers and community health-focused care coordinators played the pivotal role of assisting families in accessing services and resources that improve their quality of care.

They also simplified their navigation of NYC’s health care system. The team provided necessary support group initiatives through the advocacy groups comprised of active RMH-NY alumni families wanting to support those currently in the House. Family Support team members are the House’s frontline workers. As our expansion accelerated, they continued to act as our eyes and ears on the ground supporting RMH-NY health equity initiatives throughout the five boroughs.

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Creating Special Memories

Whether it’s a magical holiday celebration, an outdoor trip, or a themed party, we are committed to helping families create special memories during their time at RMH-NY. The smiles, laughter, and shared moments of happiness become cherished memories that help children feel like kids first and patients second.


A mesmerizing spectacle that brings joy and anticipation to the city, we brought our families to see the iconic balloon blowup before the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Our families watched the giant character balloons, meticulously inflated come to life along the streets, creating a magical atmosphere and setting the stage for the beloved holiday tradition.
In honor of National Caregivers Month, November, we hosted a special date night for parents and caregivers. We offered mocktails and charcuterie and created a space for the adults to reconnect with themselves or a significant other.
Our Canine volunteers offer a sense of normalcy and home as families stay at RMH-NY. This year our furry friends joined us for a special Halloween parade. The parade began in front of the House and therapy dogs led us around the block, with candy and volunteers stationed at each corner for kids to trick-or-treat and enjoy.
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Expanding Our Seamless Circle of Support

Opening of the Ronald McDonald Family Room at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst

In the summer of 2022, we opened our second Family Room at NYC Health + Hospital/Elmhurst. This Family Room bolstered our footprint in the New York City community and helped strengthen our seamless circle of support to meet the needs of vulnerable families. Since Elmhurst Hospital is part of the largest public hospital system in New York – and the country – it was very important to us that we build our second family room here.

This Family Room was built directly adjacent to the NICU so that parents and caregivers of hospitalized children can have a comfortable place to rest, recover, and recharge, all while staying close to their child’s bedside. Our family rooms provide support to underserved New York City Communities and serve as a model for RMH-NY expansion. They are designed to further our health equity goals to help more NYC families than ever before. Our efforts continue to increase as plans to break ground on several more Family Rooms move forward in 2023 and beyond.

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In 2022, we welcomed back the heart of the House: our volunteers. Though the road to complete recovery had been long and winding, we opened the communal areas of the House and began to see our amazing volunteers supporting every aspect of this new beginning.

They helped serve meals, engaged in activities, supported wellness initiatives, and supported all aspects of the House. Our Therapy Dogs began spreading love to our guests on a weekly basis and even led our Halloween parade. Our volunteer outreach had been substantial and fruitful as we welcomed more and more individual and corporate volunteer groups back to the House. In addition, we also grew our volunteering forces outside of the House into our Family Rooms and our Hospitality Carts in more hospitals throughout NYC.


Meals Served


Volunteer Hours


Volunteer Shifts


Helping Hands Events


Breakfast Bags
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With certain restrictions lifted, the 11th floor of the House was once again humming with a steady and exciting vibration of life with so many new and returning caregivers at our Blavatnik Family Foundation Wellness Center. Our most popular caregiver services were offered live and in-person on a weekly basis. Our Wellness Center’s meticulously trained team of professionals, bolstered by an incredible group of volunteers, provided caregivers with essential moments of relaxation, ensuring they left feeling fully equipped to give their child the very best version of themselves.


Wellness Sessions Offered


Individualized Wellness Care Packages Delivered

Hospital Outreach

In addition to providing essential services and support to families living at the House, the Hospital Outreach team brings programs from the House to hospitalized young children and teens. From costumes, games, activities, and YouTube links, our Events In a Bag initiative delivers everything needed for a child to participate in a House event from their hospital room. RMH- NY is also proud to announce that we currently have 2 family rooms offering a place of respite to caregivers built directly onto the floors of pediatric hospitals. The family rooms, located at NYC Health + Hospitals / Elmhurst and NYC Health + Hospitals / Kings County served as a hub for our hospital outreach programs in 2021 as we still were challenged with COVID-19.


Children & Caregivers Served


Programs to Go Delivered


GO SNACK Packs Delivered


Hospitality to Go packages Delivered


Musical Magic Performances at Five Hospital Partners


Breathe In Breathe Out practitioner Led Sessions Offered

Communications Highlights

March 15, 2022
Ronald McDonald House NY and NY Rangers host 28th Annual Skate with the Greats

Ronald McDonald House New York Hosted its 28th Annual Skate with the Greats event on Friday March 11that Chelsea Piers and Sky Rink. The event was in partnership with the New York Rangers and RBC Capital Markets.

September 10, 2022
Care Bears visit kids at Queens hospital

Care Bears brightened up the days of kids at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY.

September 27, 2022
2022 Power Players in Health Care

Ruth C. Browne, SD, is president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House New York, which provides care, support, and services to families battling pediatric cancer and other serious illnesses.

October 03, 2022
Young cancer survivor performs his own compositions at Ronald McDonald House gala

Nine-year-old Kai Brown, who lived at the Ronald McDonald House three years ago, gave a moving piano performance to the gala’s audience, including pieces he composed himself.

November 03, 2022
Halloween Parade at Ronald McDonald House

Our canine volunteers offer a sense of normalcy and “home” when a family is staying at RMH-NY. Many times kids have to leave their family pet as they come to New York for treatment and to see the smile on their faces when they are greeted by one of our Therapy Dogs is truly heartwarming. We love our 2 and 4 legged volunteers!

December 22, 2022
RMH-NY Hosts Holiday Event at New York City Health + Hospitals/Jacobi

On Tuesday, December 20th, Ronald McDonald House New York hosted a holiday musical extravaganza for all of the children and families currently seeking treatment at New York City Health + Hospitals/Jacobi in the Bronx.