Ronald McDonald House

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For more than three decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) has been serving families with seriously ill children by providing a home-away-from-home at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. 

Located across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, families can find a place to call home while their children are being treated at the hospital. No one is ever turned away due to inability to pay. The Ronald McDonald House is made available to every family, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Around-the-clock staff operate the House and provide assistance to the families. Volunteers support the families along with assisting the full-time staff with House operations. Day-to-day housekeeping tasks are the shared responsibility of families, volunteer groups and individuals.

  • Guests of the House are referred by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
  • Following a referral, RMH Family Services staff will contact the family directly when a room is available.
  • Family members under the age of 18 are not permitted to have a room unless accompanied by an adult.

Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to families of patients in critical care.

Each room:

  • Accommodates up to four people (including children)
  • Includes a private bath

Continuing care suites are available for:

  • Families of transplant patients
  • Families of patients with other specified conditions
  • Isolated from the rest of the house

Families that stay at the Ronald McDonald house enjoy many comforts of home, such as:

  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Dining areas
  • Meditation room
  • Gathering areas
  • Play rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Exercise facilities
  • Linens provided
  • Limited pantry

Frequent group meals are prepared by outside groups, providing the opportunity for families to gather together.

The House can accommodate 137 families every night, making it the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world. The Columbus Ronald McDonald House opened a major expansion project in 2014 including 57 guest rooms, a commercial kitchen, a rooftop garden, additional green space, and five single-family homes for families whose children have extended stays at the hospital.

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