The Need for our Programs
The Need for our Programs among Families of Critically Ill Children
As Jacksonville continues to grow to be a leading medical destination for children’s healthcare, so has the demand for the Ronald McDonald House. Our rooms, meals and caring staff are needed now more than ever to accommodate the children and families seeking high-quality pediatric care here on the First Coast.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Jacksonville plays an important role in supporting the growth of pediatric healthcare in Jacksonville and in providing access to care for families outside our area. Our facility serves five healthcare partners: Brooks Rehabilitation, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, UF Health Jacksonville, UF Health Proton Therapy Institute and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The top three diagnoses that we serve are cancer, heart surgery and premature birth/NICU. The length of stay ranges from just a few days to weeks or even months.
How Does Ronald McDonald House Make a Difference For Families
The reach of our programs is incredible with families traveling from all over Florida, 24 states and 10 countries last year. By staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities ® of Jacksonville, families can worry less about travel, meals and the financial burden of being away from home and focus on the most important thing, their child’s recovery. The Ronald McDonald House keeps families together and near the hospital while their child receives care.
Below are some of the amenities available for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities ® of Jacksonville.
- Safe and comfortable “home-away-from-home”
- 53-private bedrooms
- Laundry Facilities
- Indoor and outdoor play areas
- Emotional support from staff, volunteers and other families
- Hugs from our Facility Dog, “Reed”