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 Southern & Central Alberta is here to help. Our Houses provide a home away from home for families with children receiving vital medical treatment in Calgary 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 Mobiles. Staffed by registered clinicians from Mosaic Primary Care Network and Siksika Health Services, these two state-of-the-art mobile clinics provide essential healthcare services and wellness programming to those living in east Calgary and Siksika Nation who need it most.
Last year, 590 out-of-town families stayed at our Houses in Calgary and Red Deer. An additional 1,314 local families received health services through our Care Mobile Program.
Any family from out-of-town with a child receiving medical treatment in Calgary 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 Mobiles.
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 has 23 family suites with private beds and baths.
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.
In addition to the opening of our House in Red Deer, 2012 saw the addition of Canada’s first 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. Following the devastating floods of 2013, a second Care Mobile was added to our program serving Siksika Nation, where an estimated 1,000 people were left homeless by the flood.
To create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families.