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So was this a high-risk pregnancy or just an opportunity to hang-out in Anchorage for a very low, if any, cost?
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The Saltzmans had their baby at the Alaska Native Medical Center, two weeks after they arrived in Anchorage. But they didn’t stay at a hotel.
“It would have been tight to try and stay in a hotel for a couple of weeks,” Saltzman said.
His family stayed at Ronald McDonald House, located on the ANMC campus.
“You think about how much a hotel is for one night, then, how much money you have to spend for the diapers, the wipes, and other things,” said Clay’s mother, Alison Saltzman.
This coming January will mark the second anniversary of Ronald McDonald House. It’s set up primarily for families from rural areas with high-risk pregnancies, as well as pediatric patients and their families, who use ANMC. House manager Dianne McKinley says the house is designed to be more than just a hotel.
“This Ronald McDonald House provides a family room,” McKinley said. “We have volunteers who do dinners for our patients, who really appreciate it, and we have a van that can take them shopping.”
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