Reba's Ranch House is a home-away-from- home for families of patients hospitalized at Texoma Medical Center. The Ranch House was built with proceeds from five years of Memorial Day concerts by international superstar Reba McEntire. In 1992, Reba cut the ribbon to officially open Reba's Ranch House. Guests representing over 8,800 families have found the comforts of home at the Ranch House during their time of need. Guests may stay at the Ranch House for a minimal cost of $15 per night or, depending on their ability to pay, at no charge. Texoma churches and community organizations often donate meals for Ranch House guests. The hospital hospitality house has provided comfort to over 24,000 people.
Message from Reba
"I wanted the Ranch House to offer its guests all the comforts of home: a place to rest and relax among people who care, an affordable haven for people who are lonely and afraid."
– Reba McEntire
All information and pictures above came directly from RRH page through theTMC site. Found at www. texomamedicalcenter.net go to hospital services and then to Reba's Ranch House (2007).
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Reba McEntire (center) cuts the ribbon on Saturday held by Herman Ringler (left) and Dr. Darius Maggi to officially open the new Reba's Ranch House in Denison next to the Texoma Medical Center.
BY JONATHAN CANNON
DENISON -- The Texoma Health Foundation started a new chapter on Saturday in providing a welcoming place for the families of hospital patients to stay with the ribbon cutting of the new Reba's Ranch House.
THF Board Vice Chair Horace Groff said the old facility has housed more than 24,000 guests and he hopes the new, improved house, located next to the new Texoma Medical Center campus, will serve many more.
"Lord, for almost two decades you've blessed our community with Reba's Ranch House. A home away from home, built with love, to create a caring environment in which families of hospitalized patients can be together, nurture one another and be supported by dedicated staff and volunteers," Groff prayed at the opening of Saturday's ceremony. "Now as we come to the dedication of the new Reba's Ranch House, we do so with hearts grateful for the resources you've entrusted to our care. May this new facility be a haven of rest and a place of peace for all who enter."
The original facility was built in 1992 with the proceeds of five years of Memorial Day concerts donated by country music star Reba McEntire, the facility's namesake.
"In a way it seems like yesterday when we did the ribbon cutting over at the first, original Reba's Ranch House," the star said in her unique Oklahoma accent. "Here we are at this beautiful facility that so many people have given their hours, their time, their dollars to make sure that this has been done in the beautiful way that it is being presented to you today."
McEntire praised the community for its contributions to the house and the staff and volunteers for their work.
"It's a wonderful thing that the community has done. Everybody has put in so many hours ... to make sure that (guests) are welcomed when they come from the hospital needing a place to stay," she said. "I get to bounce in here and stand at the podium and look like the power child, but I'm just the person ... that gets to come say thank you to all the folks that work all year long and for many, many years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to allow me to come down here to say thank you to y'all. I'm honored to be associated with you."
As has become the tradition at McEntire's Memorial Day weekend events in Denison, she recognized veterans and those who have fallen in service to the United States.
"We'd like to take a minute to recognize all those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice that we all might enjoy the pleasures and benefits of this great country," said retired Admiral Bill Retz, who led the pledge of allegiance.
Denison native Tim Hoover, 17, strummed the notes of "The Star-spangled Banner," on his guitar, getting a nod of approval from McEntire after finishing.
Ultimately, however, the hour was about the families who are comforted and whose worries are eased by a stay in the home.
"I just pray with all my heart that the folks that are going to be walking through these halls, going through these front doors receive exactly what has been represented in the past 20 years at the original Reba's Ranch House," McEntire said. "I know they will because of the warmth I've felt in it already."