The Ronald McDonald House inside Parkview Regional Medical Center has been committed to helping children and families in our region for over 10 years.
When a child is hospitalized, his or her family can find a home-away-from-home, inside the hospital, at the Ronald McDonald House at Parkview. The Ronald McDonald House offers families comfortable spaces to relax, a large kitchen and dining room as well as a computer area and a laundry room. Overnight guests have a comfortable room and a semi-private bath.
Originally opening in 2002 at the Randallia campus, the current Ronald McDonald House is a 9,000 square foot “house” located on the main floor of the hospital. The Ronald McDonald House features 11 guestrooms. We welcome the parents of ill and injured patients 21 and younger either as overnight guests or day guests.
Our open hours are 9 AM – 9 PM, Monday through Friday and 9 AM – 6 PM on Saturday and Sunday. The Ronald McDonald House is open 365 days a year and available to our overnight guests 24 hours a day.
The Ronald McDonald House accepts overnight guests by referral from the hospital staff. Our criteria for overnight stay, is the condition of the patient, the location of the family home, and transportation issues. Of course, there are always other circumstances that may indicate the need for an overnight guestroom. Our families have stayed for one night, or as long as six months.
The History of the House That Love Built
When Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill’s 3-year-old daughter, Kim, was being treated for leukemia in 1974, his life changed. He and his wife, Fran, camped out on hospital benches and sat in cramped waiting rooms during Kim’s three years of treatment. The Hills watched other parents and families of seriously ill children do the same thing. Many families had to travel long distances for their children to receive medical treatment and could not afford hotel rooms.
The Hills knew there had to be a solution. Fred approached the Eagle's organization and through Jim Marry, the Eagles’ general manager, the team offered its support to Dr. Audrey Evans, head of the pediatric oncology unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Evans dreamed of a comfortable temporary residence for families of children being treated at her hospital.
Jim enlisted Don Tuckerman from the local McDonald’s advertising agency, who with the support of McDonald’s Regional Manager Ed Rensi, launched the St. Patrick’s Day Green Milkshake (dubbed the Shamrock Shake) promotion. Funds raised helped buy an old house located near the hospital, which was opened in 1974 as the first Ronald McDonald House.
The network of Houses quickly grew after that. Currently, there are 312 Ronald McDonald Houses around the world.