Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House, a "home away from home" for families who have children requiring specialized medical care, is located near Batson Children's Hospital, Wiser Hospital for Women & Infants and University of Mississippi Medical Center clinics.
The program follows the mission that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night. Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process.
The Ronald McDonald House opens its doors to families with children 18 or younger being treated at a local medical facility, or patients over 18 who are being treated by a pediatrician. The local facility also has partnered with the University Center for Fetal Medicine for patients requiring specialized treatment. More information may be obtained from the UMMC fetal center.
What does Ronald McDonald House offer?
The local Ronald McDonald House on the northwest corner of the UMMC campus was built in 1989 and expanded in 1998. The facility has 16 bedrooms with private baths; four kitchens; two laundry rooms; and numerous living and play areas. There also is a no-fee parking lot available for registered families. Home-cooked meals, private bedrooms and playrooms for children are provided through the generosity of volunteers and donors. A donation of $8 a night is recommended, but no family is required to pay.
Due to the limited number of rooms at the Ronald McDonald House, families whose children are admitted to private hospital rooms are asked to stay there with their children and assist with their recovery.
What is the registration process?
A social worker must refer each family. When a child is admitted to an intensive care unit or is scheduled for surgery, a social worker is assigned to assist the family. The social worker will ask for pertinent information and then place the family on Ronald McDonald House’s waiting list. Lodging could be available immediately or it could take a couple of days for an opening to occur. Ronald McDonald House staff is in contact with social workers on a daily basis.
What are the family's responsibilities?
Ronald McDonald House has been established with a home-like atmosphere, and families are asked to complete a house chore each day. Tasks take about 5 minutes and include chores such as sweeping the kitchen floor, cleaning the kitchen counters and taking the trash to the dumpster.
Also, families are asked to clean their room upon checking-out. An in-house maid/cleaning service is not employed, so families caring for their room helps keep costs down.
While at Ronald McDonald House, families are supplied with bedroom linens, bath towels and cleaning supplies for washing clothes and keeping their room clean. Food is available for self-preparation, while some meals are provided by community groups and served at pre-established times.
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