Imagine learning that your child is ill and you will need to travel to a different city to receive the medical care they need. In the midst of your worst nightmare as a parent, you must now also leave your home, your job and your support system. This is the reality for more than 70 per cent of Canadian families with seriously ill or injured children. Ronald McDonald House Charities® Alberta is here to help. Our Houses provide a home-away-from-home for families with children receiving vital medical treatment in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer. Most importantly, our warm, welcoming, and affordable accommodations help ease the heavy financial and emotional burdens placed on the hundreds of families who come through our doors each year. In addition to our Houses, we are the proud operator of Canada’s first and only Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®. Staffed by registered clinicians from Mosaic Primary Care Network, this state-of-the-art mobile clinic provides essential healthcare services and wellness programming to those living in approximately 25 Calgary communities who need it most.
Last year, 1,220 families stayed at our Houses in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer from 198 communities in Alberta, and over 4,300 health & dental services were provided to local children through our Care Mobile Program. Any family from out-of-town with a child receiving medical treatment in Calgary, Edmonton, or Red Deer can stay at Ronald McDonald House. This includes expectant mothers with high-risk pregnancies, adoptive parents awaiting babies in-hospital and families of all structures. Local families can access our Day Use Program as well as the health services provided by our Care Mobile. Learn About Calgary House Learn About Red Deer House Learn About Edmonton House Learn About Medicine Hat House Learn About Care Mobile
Our first House opened in 1985 in Calgary’s Killarney neighbourhood. The House served nearly 18,000 people over the span of two decades before relocating to its current location in March of 2007. Located across the street from the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the Calgary House now has 27 family suites with private beds and baths.
Our House in Edmonton also opened in 1985 with 16 family suites and currently has 34 family suites (plus one offsite called Clara’s House). The House primarily serves families whose children are undergoing treatment at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. This House operates a shuttle service, run entirely by volunteer drivers, which makes over 14,000 trips to and from those hospitals each year.
In 2012, we opened our Red Deer House next to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. With 11 family suites, the House primarily serves families from across Central Alberta, for which Red Deer is the medical hub.
2012 saw the addition of Canada’s first Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. In partnership with Mosaic Primary Care Network, our Care Mobile served over 2,600 families in east Calgary in its first year alone, and the program has grown to serve thousands more families each year.
We are thrilled to announce that our fourth House in Alberta is expected to open December 2019 in Medicine Hat. This will be a six-bedroom facility just steps from the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.
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