When Pat Manocchia’s 17 year-old grandson was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, she was with him every step of the way given her love for her family and professional background in nursing. Pat’s grandson, Joel, was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital when an x-ray revealed tumors in his body. Joel immediately underwent a rigorous cancer treatment schedule. Pat was pleased with the exceptional care and attention to detail that the hospital staff provided her grandson. Beyond the medical care, Pat and her family also experienced family-centered care thanks to the Ronald McDonald Family Room on the fourth floor of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. They visited the Family Room to do laundry, grab a cold soda or water, and relax in a warm and comforting environment.
Despite the fact that Pat was a nurse and passed the Ronald McDonald House of Providence on her way to and from work every day, she had never stepped inside. Joel’s medical crisis and lengthy hospitalization allowed Pat and her family to understand the impact of the House and Family Room on families trying to help a child heal and return home healthy. Thanks to the extraordinary care Joel received at the hospital and the incredible support of his family, he recovered and received a clean bill of health.
In her retirement, Pat decided to return to the hospital setting in a different capacity. She now volunteers in the Family Room every other Friday as a way to give back. Her favorite part? Pat enjoys providing a sense of warmth and “home” to visitors, just like the Family Room provided her family five years ago. She believes that “it is the simple things that make the biggest difference” and cherishes the “thank you” from each person who visits the room.
Pat has volunteered for more than 100 hours over the past two years, and has brought a smile to the faces of countless families.