RONALD McDONALD HOUSE
Offering families comfort, convenience and compassion
When a child is hospitalized, little else matters to a family. Being with their child, helping them get better, going home, that’s their mantra. The Ronald McDonald House exists to provide families with the support, comfort and convenience they need. A rested and well fed parent is better able to care for their sick child. Patients feel more supported when their parents are close. Families stay stronger when siblings can visit and share a meal, a board game or cuddle time with parents they are missing. For all those moments and more, the Ronald McDonald House is a “home-away-from-home” for pediatric families. Located inside Parkview Regional Medical Center, we are a short walk from Pediatrics, Newborn Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care. We welcome the families of pediatric patients 21 and younger either as overnight guests or day guests. At the Ronald McDonald House, families have several areas to relax including our large gathering room. Families are welcome to use our kitchen or enjoy snacks and meals provided. Laundry and shower facilities are available to all guests. We have 15 private guest rooms with semiprivate bathrooms available to overnight guests 24 hours a day.
Ask your doctor or nurse to send a referral to the Ronald McDonald House. Guest rooms are assigned to families based on need. Several factors are considered when assigning guest rooms: the condition of the patient, the location of the family home, and transportation issues. If a room is unavailable, families may use the Ronald McDonald House as a Day Guest. Day guests are welcome to enjoy the amenities of the Ronald McDonald House (kitchen, snacks, common areas, showers and laundry) during our open hours.
Who owns and operates the Ronald McDonald House?
The Ronald McDonald House is owned and operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Indiana. The Charity Chapter is governed by a Board of Trustees who is responsible for program development, standards and operations.
How is the Ronald McDonald House funded?
Generous supporters like you help fund the Ronald McDonald House. The majority of our programming funds come from individuals, organizations and businesses.
Doesn’t McDonald’s fund the Ronald McDonald House?
Local McDonald’s restaurant owner/operators generously support our program and sponsor various events. However, the majority of the annual operating income comes from individual and other corporate donors.
How much does it cost to stay at the Ronald McDonald House?
The cost to operate a room is $35 a night. Thanks to generous community support, families stay in the Ronald McDonald House at no cost.
Who is eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House?
Families of hospitalized children 21 and younger.
How long do families usually stay at the Ronald McDonald House?
Stays can be as short as one night or as long as several months. Many families have multiple stays in the Ronald McDonald House.
How can I support the Ronald McDonald House?
You can support the Ronald McDonald House in a number of ways, and we could not operate without donations from individuals and groups. Click here to learn more about getting involved.
Did you know?
- In 2016, we served 588 families
- In 2016, we offered 4,299 total nights of stay
- Families stay in the Ronald McDonald House an average of 10.6 days