Our first Ronald McDonald House opened in 1988 and is located near CoxSouth Hospital at 949 E. Primrose St., Springfield, MO.
If your child is in the hospital, you are the focus of his or her strength. With caring loved ones nearby, your child is calmer and happier. Your presence helps him or her feel more secure about treatment and its progress. There is nothing more helpful to well-being than holding your child when he or she needs you.
But what if you live far away?
It’s agonizing to be away from an ill or injured child, but sometimes very difficult to arrange to be close by. That’s why Ronald McDonald House offers a “home away from home”, a refuge from hospital procedures and a comfortable place where families can stay together while their seriously-ill child receives treatment.
Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home.
The Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks is truly a home. Each family has their own room, a comfortable bed and kitchen and laundry facilities. Donated food items are available in case they’re needed, and, nearly every evening, volunteers and special outside groups prepare entire meals for our guests.
Parents who stay at the Ronald House draw on the emotional support of others in similar situations. As a secure base of operations, it’s a place from which families can deal more easily with the chaos and uncertainty brought on by catastrophic illness or injury.
Who can stay at the Ronald McDonald House?
Families with children from pre-birth through age 21, who are undergoing treatment at a Springfield medical facility, are eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Ill children receiving outpatient treatment also may stay at the House with their families.
Families traveling to Springfield for their child’s medical treatment may make arrangements to stay at the House through a referral from their child’s nurse, social worker or doctor before arriving.
What does it cost to stay at the House?
Each family is asked to pay $7.00 per night. The need to be near ill children is so important that no family is ever turned away because of the inability to pay. The Ronald McDonald House has hosted thousands of families of all economic levels.
Help when it’s needed
Every evening, generous people from the community provide a home-cooked meal for all of the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House through the Family Dinner Program.
A fully-stocked food pantry is available to our families, thanks to our generous donors.
A van provides transportation to and from medical facilities four times a day.
Special security measures keep our House a safe and secure place to stay.
Free laundry facilities are available, including complimentary detergent.
The Ronald McDonald House also has limited resources available to assist with unexpected emergency transportation, medication and clothing, should the need arise.
Behind the house that’s a home
The Ronald McDonald House is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by dedicated members of our management team and volunteers. Office hours are 9 AM to 9 PM.
Greatly needed support for our Ronald McDonald house comes entirely from the private sector, including generous individuals, groups and corporations. Among our supporters are dozens of local McDonald’s restaurants and their customers. From these gifts, our first House near CoxSouth Hospital, 949 E. Primrose St., serves nearly 300 families a year.
A second Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital
Springfield, Missouri’s second Ronald McDonald House is NOW OPEN on the sixth floor of Mercy Children’s Hospital, 1235 E. Cherokee. You can see how construction progressed here-www.road2mercyhouse.org! We are so thankful to everyone who helped make this possible.
Statistics as of August 2013
Average Length of Stay
Total Families housed since opening
Referrals from Cox South
Referrals from Lakeland
Referrals from Mercy
Referrals from other facilities
Top 5 Diagnosis Among Children of Families in the Houses