A Home Filled with Hope
When a child is seriously ill, families’ lives are turned upside down. Many families travel hundreds of miles, and spend weeks or months getting treatment – because nothing is more important than getting their child the treatment he or she needs. The Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for families while their children undergo treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital or the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC).
With our facilities in Anchorage and Seattle, we can accommodate up to 139 families. In addition to providing housing, our facilities offer stocked common pantries, laundry machines, linens and towels, toiletries, paper products, and all the other items that make a House a home. At both houses, we also offer meals through our volunteer dinner groups, activities and outings for kids, visits from certified therapy dogs, and many other services. The House is so much more than a place to stay; it is a community.
Our Relationships with the Medical Community
Since the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle opened its doors in 1983, Seattle Children’s Hospital has been our primary medical partner in Washington. For over a hundred years, Seattle Children’s Hospital has been recognized for its exceptional care and research. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle Children’s No. 1 west of the Rocky Mountains – and No. 5 in the country overall – again placing it among the nation’s top children’s hospitals.
RMHC has been partners with The Alaska Native Medical Center since 2008. ANMC is a nonprofit hospital that provides comprehensive medical care to Alaska Native people. The medical center has 167 beds, occupies almost 400,000 square feet, and employs 250 physicians. ANMC has consistently been recognized for their exceptional care, including earning Magnet designation for nursing excellence.
To meet the challenge of serving a widespread population — many of whom live in remote areas — ANMC provides housing and transportation services to many patients. It also serves as a valuable gathering place for the Alaska Native people community.