2017 YEAR IN REVIEW

It was another busy year at the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House. Dozens of families from the new Grossman Burn Unit at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital stayed with us, as well as families with pediatric patients at this and other local hospital locations. And with the opening of the first pediatric emergency room between Madera and Los Angeles on the campus of Bakersfield Memorial, we expect the demands for our “small but mighty” House to grow even greater. To prepare for these new families, our Leadership Committee approved plans for our expansion, from 3 guest rooms to 7 guest rooms, which we hope to have completed by late-2018! As always, we got support from so many community heroes last year: 38 schools raised over $100,000 for our Walk for Kids, and our local McDonald’s restaurants added another $67,000 in paper ‘Shoe’ sales. Of course, we’re always looking for new ways to improve the level of support we provide our guests: in 2017 we implemented new, easier check-in procedures for the families arriving to our doors, and we launched the Heart of the House program to continue expanding the community of care we’ve built in the Central Valley since our founding in 2009.

When Kristen developed a headache and high blood pressure during her third pregnancy, she called her doctor who recommended she get checked out that same evening. Knowing how unpredictable pregnancies can be, she wasn’t too alarmed by her doctor’s reaction. But she never expected to be informed by the doctors that she had developed HELLP Syndrome, a severe complication of Preeclampsia that was life-threatening if left unchecked. The only option to ensure her safety, and the safety of her baby, was to deliver right away. A short time later, at 27 weeks pregnant, Kristen delivered her son who weighed just 2 lbs., 3oz. Kristen was already familiar with the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House, since her son Matthew had spent a few nights in the NICU after his birth. But this time things were different: It was almost 3 months before Lincoln was healthy enough to go home. During that time, the Bakersfield staff became like a family to Kristen, her husband Jeff and their boys. It was especially nice to have hot meals prepared for them, which helped create a sense of normalcy during an otherwise chaotic time. When Lincoln went home, Kristen admits it was a little bittersweet leaving a place, and a group of people, that had become so important to her life — a true second home and a circle of life-long friends.

KRISTEN'S STORY

03

ROOMS

292

GUESTS SERVED

64

OCCUPANCY

%

7

AVG. LENGTH
OF STAY (DAYS)

3,820

VOLUNTEER HOURS

573

VOLUNTEERS

.7

COMMUNITY IMPACT REPORT

CONTACT INFORMATION

Scarlett Sabin
House Director

 

Jeff Tensley 
Chair, Board of Trustees
 

420 34th Street
Bakersfield
CA 93301 

 

661-327-4647 (ext. 4290)
Phone

 

661-324-4632

Fax

 

ssabin@rmhcsc.org

Email

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