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?
Our mission cuts across all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and geographical boundaries. One of the greatest values we offer, is the easing of the financial burden of healthcare. The costs associated with lodging, meals, transportation, laundry and daily living expenses are significant for a family with a sick child. It is estimated that Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville saves a family of four $307 per day in living expenses. In 2017, it is estimated that Ronald McDonald House ® of Jacksonville saved families approximately $3.1M.
Our families enjoy access to several amenities to help make their stay comfortable while focusing on the healing of their child. These amenities and services include:
- 24- Hour Security
- 53-Private Bedroom Suites
- Nutrition Meals Prepared Daily
- Convenient Transportation
- Laundry Facilities
- Indoor and Outdoor Play Areas
- KidZone Learning Center
- Theater Room
- Hugs from our Facility Dog, “Reed”
- Emotional Support From Staff, Volunteers & Other Families