The Mountain West Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City is scheduled to open in September, providing a home for families of critically ill children who are receiving medical treatment in area hospitals.

The new 16-bedroom home will be used by families from Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and surrounding areas.The house will provide inexpensive private sleeping quarters for families and their children who cannot afford the cost of staying for extended period in a hotel. Such families often sleep on sofas in hospital waiting rooms or stay in campers in parking lots.

"Salt Lake is a major medical center. It is a referral center for patients in the entire Intermountain area," said fund-raising chairman Bob Christopher. "Many patients and their families are sent here because it is the only tertiary care center within this large geographical area."

The house is owned by the Mountain West Friends of Hospitalized Children, a non-profit coalition of parent support groups, individuals, representatives of University Hospital, Primary Children's Medical Center, Shriner's Hospital, the Junior League of Salt Lake and owner/operators of area McDonald's restaurants.

"We have had many donations of construction materials as well as major financial gifts," said Robert Springmeyer, Jr., organization chairman. "The house is being built mainly with volunteers provided by local labor unions and companies. We still need to raise additional funds to purchase needed building materials and furnish the house. We need the support of the entire community to make this dream come true."

Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to: The Mountain West Friends of Hospitalized Children, 935 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, or call 363-HOME for more information.