Ronald McDonald House of Eastern N.E., Providence chapters merge

PROVIDENCE – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England and Ronald McDonald House Providence announced their merger April 2, becoming Ronald McDonald House Charities New England Inc.

Newly appointed CEO Michael Fantom will lead RMHC New England in continuing the formerly separate organizations’ mission to develop, support and provide programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families, according to an announcement from the freshly minted charity.

Fantom had been CEO and executive director of Ronald McDonald House Providence. In this role, he grew the capacity of the Providence program, managing the capital and building campaign to add additional bedroom and living capacity, successfully developing and securing $5 million in capital campaign funds for the project.

“It is an honor to lead RMHC New England as we expand our mission to serve critically ill children across New England,” said Fantom. “By contributing to the provision of family-centered care, we will provide more pediatric patients and their families services that will lessen the financial and emotional burden families endure during a medical crisis. Our work ahead is significant, and we look forward to working with the Greater Boston community as we help fill the unmet needs for these struggling families.”

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Rob Borkowski is a PBN contributing writer.