1. GROWING NEED FOR ROOMS
Over the past six years, the average annual occupancy at Holcombe House has climbed from 82% to 94%. Today, the Texas Medical Center pediatric institutions treat many more patients than they did when our Holcombe House was first built, and more growth is projected in the future. Each day, we have a waiting list of roughly 10-12 families in need of our services. If Ronald McDonald House Houston does not expand to add more rooms, our projection data shows that we will exceed 100% capacity by mid-2016.
2. HIGH VOLUME USE OF FACILITY
For 18 years the Holcombe House has seen high-volume use 24/7 for 365 days each year. With 16,745 overnight stays by 578 different families last year, this has resulted in a natural but visible wear and tear on the facility.
3. EVOLVING NEEDS FOR FAMILY PRIVATE SPACES AND COMMUNAL AREAS
A more open floor plan is needed to foster community among resident families, but we also require additional private areas to better serve our families, such as the family registration office where families share important personal information.
4. NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEMANDS
Families staying at the Holcombe House come from different cities, states, and even countries to get the best care for their sick child. Holcombe House is not equipped with the up-to-date technology that residents need to access the services and information they need in order to remain well-connected with loved ones, maintain work relationships while away from home, and to manage their children’s medical situations by tapping into resources across the nation and around the world.