My Inspiration in a Ronald McDonald Family Room
– By Morgan McCormick
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas’ mission to keep families close has a particularly special meaning to my own family. As a family room volunteer at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, I work closely with hospital staff to ensure that families of NICU and PICU patients have a comfortable place to relax during their child’s hospital stay. My time in the family room has been an unbelievably rewarding experience. Through my weekly volunteer shift, I have learned the importance of quality patient care, seen miraculous patient success stories, and have witnessed the impact Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas has on the community.
My connection to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit began long before I could walk, talk, or understand what the NICU was. Although the desire to give back to my community has always been in my heart, the connection I feel towards the NICU is in my blood. My mother has served as a neonatologist at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas for over twenty years, caring relentlessly for the Austin community. Throughout the years, I’ve seen the NICU grow from an eight-bed unit to the fifty-seven-bed unit that it is today. Both the hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities have expanded to meet the growing needs of the community. I love being a part of an organization that is committed to keeping these families as close as possible. Working just around the corner from the NICU has brought me closer to my own mother and has given us memories to cherish for a lifetime.
My favorite part about volunteering in the Ronald McDonald family room is getting to know the families during their hospital stay and watching their children thrive once they leave. This year, I was able to attend the NICU reunion, which is held at the hospital every September. Patients come back to visit the doctors and nurses who took care of them and prove that they are not only surviving, but thriving years later. It’s rewarding to know that as a volunteer I have positively impacted these families and their NICU experience. Serving as a small part of their support team has meant the world to me, and has inspired me to pursue a career in the medical field. I have gained invaluable experience through my time as a Ronald McDonald Family Room volunteer. I hope to carry on my mother’s legacy as a physician and contribute to more success stories for Texas families in the future.