NICU nurses honored with a room dedication at the Ronald McDonald House in Madison

May 25th, 2021 | News

Nurses in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) commit to providing exceptional care to the tiniest and most vulnerable patients and their families. After witnessing their impact firsthand, long-time RMHC-Madison volunteer and current staff member George Falor decided to honor them by dedicating a room in the newly expanded Ronald McDonald House with his generous gift.

George has become a friendly, familiar face to families at the Ronald McDonald House as well as in his volunteer role at UnityPoint Health – Meriter and SSM Health – St. Mary’s Hospital. On a whim, he signed up to be a volunteer “cuddler” who holds and comforts critically ill infants. George celebrated ten years as a “cuddler” at UnityPoint Health – Meriter last year and helped start a cuddler program at SSM Health – St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison nearly five years ago.

“I volunteer as a cuddler because it helps the nurses, babies, and parents. Whatever comfort I can bring is an honor for me,” said George. When asked why he chose to honor the NICU nurses with a room dedication George replied, “I am so impressed with the compassion, dedication, and excellent care provided by NICU nurses. I am amazed at what they do. Nurses are the lifeline of the hospital. I want them to know they are seen and appreciated.”

George has been volunteering with many community organizations in Madison for more than 25 years. He became a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in 1995 and since has served as a night and weekend supervisor at the House, a substitute volunteer at the Ronald McDonald Family Room, and most recently accepted the maintenance position at the Ronald McDonald House. We are incredibly fortunate to have George as a part of the RMHC family; always helping in any way he can to improve guest families’ experience.

Watch the full dedication ceremony here.