Ronald McDonald Family Room®

Offering a place to rest and regroup at the hospital.

Due to COVID-19, for the health and safety of our families and all those served by our hospital partners, all three of our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms remain closed until further notice.

Ronald McDonald Family Room programs serve families right in the hospital, just moments away from their child’s bedside.

Our Ronald McDonald Family Room programs offer families a comfortable and welcoming place to rest and regroup in the hospital, just steps away from a pediatric unit and their sick child. Family members can recharge, grab a bite to eat, do laundry, and get rest so they can be strong for their children. The Ronald McDonald Family Room at Children’s National Medical Center is located on the Hematology/Oncology floor.  The Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Inova Children’s Hospital are on the Pediatric Intensive/Cardiac Care and Hematology/Oncology units.

Help Families Stay Near the Care and Resources They Need

Hospital partners agree that RMHC programs reduces stress and financial burden for families and help the hospital deliver the best care possible.  Several research studies — some of which were funded through grants by RMHC — have confirmed the value of family proximity to a hospitalized child and what helps the family-centered model of care to be successful. Families with access to a Ronald McDonald Family Room report a better overall clinical experience.

Services for Families

Services may vary from one Ronald McDonald Family Room to the next, but families will often find:

  • A kitchen area that includes a refrigerator and/or microwave and that offers coffee and snacks at no cost
  • Laundry facilities
  • A seating area with a television and reading material
  • Internet access
  • Resource materials
  • Parent coffee hours and other programming
  • A friendly face and assistance from an RMHCDC staff person or volunteer

Ronald McDonald Family Room at Children's National Medical Center
Ronald McDonald Family Room at Inova Children's Hospital