Our Medical Partners
Since we began our relationship with Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s (DFCI) Jimmy Fund Clinic more than 35 years ago, our partnerships with these two institutions have grown. Staff communicates with hospital staff to ensure that the House is serving patients who need to be here for medical reasons and to troubleshoot and problem solve should there be a need. Staff attends monthly Patient Satisfaction Rounds with the Director of the Clinical Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation Center, to speak with families who are staying at the House and answer any questions they may have.
Because of these relationships, these three institutions are able to provide coordinated and seamless services, resulting in a more positive and efficient experience for children and their families.
Professionals from DFCI’s Jimmy Fund Clinic and Boston Children’s Hospital contribute to the House in several ways:
- Top administrators are active members of our Board of Directors and of our Medical Subcommittee;
- The institutions assist with operating costs and many in-kind services; and
- Hospital staff members volunteer their time and services to the House and to support House events.
Working along with key personnel in oncology, the Boston Ronald McDonald House provides a continuum of care for children as they undergo surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or bone marrow and stem cell transplants. As DFCI/Children’s Hospital Cancer Care Chief of Staff Emeritus (and one of the founder’s of the House) Dr. Stephen E. Sallan emphasized, “The Boston Ronald McDonald House is as much a part of what we do at Dana-Farber and Children’s Hospital as the pediatric doctors, nurses, staff, chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. As a pediatric oncologist, I can hardly remember—and definitely can no longer imagine—practicing in this field without the help of the House.”