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Joann Martens (left) describes how her daughter, Charissa Nagle (right) required care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, at St. Mary’s when she was born. The two often meet in the new Ronald McDonald Family Lounge at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center. Nagle’s baby boy is being cared for in the newer NICU facility next door to the lounge. (Bob King /

Health Notes: New lounge gives families place to relax at Essentia

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Ronald McDonald doesn’t have a house in Duluth, but now he has a lounge.

The clown who represents the ubiquitous fast-food chain has houses named after him in communities such as Rochester and Minneapolis, where families can live while their children are hospitalized.

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