Our House on the campus of Arnold Palmer Medical Center began serving as a "home-away-from-home" for our families in 2003.

Benefits of staying at a Ronald McDonald House

According to a study recently published in Families, Systems, and Health, a journal of the American Psychological Association, families who stayed at a Ronald McDonald House believe that being nearby helped their child recover and shortened their time in the hospital. We help families:

  • Stay together during their child’s medical crisis
  • Reduce their stress and financial burden
  • Feel less isolated and find a network of support to help them cope

RMH at Arnold Palmer Medical Center

Our second House, which opened in 2003, is just steps from Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, located on land donated by Orlando Health. 

We strive to provide the comforts of home for families who stay here. There are 37 bedrooms with private bathrooms, a kitchen and dining area, two laundry rooms, a playroom, a gaming room, and a living room.

Additional provisions for our families

Ronald McDonald House also provides the following services to allow our families to focus on what matters most- their child’s healing process:

  • Transportation to and from the hospital when needed
  • Transportation to and from a nearby retail complex when needed
  • Lunch and dinner provided by community volunteers when possible
  • Access to a community pantry and refrigerator with donated food

Safety and security

Our number one priority is to provide a safe environment for our families, volunteers, and staff.

  • All families who stay with us are asked to complete a background check and adhere to House rules
  • Each House visitor is asked to sign in at the front desk
  • A House Manager is on site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

How to stay

Does your family need to stay at the Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children? Learn more about our application process.