Frequently Asked Questions


What does the Savannah Ronald McDonald House Provide?

For a critically ill child and their family, it can be the most important house they will ever visit. Our House has thirteen bedrooms and operates on a waiting list most of the year (our average waiting list is 15 families per day). The Savannah Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families who live more than thirty miles away and who have a critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at Memorial Children’s Hospital, Candler Hospital, or where needed in the Coastal Empire.
The House provides a warm, home-like atmosphere where families can sleep, eat, watch TV or just relax and most importantly spend time with each other and with other families in similar situations. Families are initially referred to the House by hospital social workers. Upon arrival, each new family undergoes a brief orientation about the House and its procedures.

How much does it cost to stay at the Ronald McDonald House?

The actual cost to House one family per night is $89. Each family stays in a private bedroom and is asked to make a donation of $10.00 per night (the donation rate is only about 21%). It is purely voluntary and no one is ever turned away if they are unable to make a donation. Since the House first opened its doors in 1987, over 8,700 families have been served. The house currently serves approximately 250 families each year. Although the average length of stay runs 16 days, some families stay much longer. The Share-A-Night program helps provide for the families who stay with us.

What are the most frequent medical conditions of children’s families served by RMH?

The top three most common medical conditions for which families stay at our RMH are:
             Premature Birth
             Hematology/Oncology treatments

How do families qualify to stay at the Ronald McDonald House?

RMHC of the Coastal Empire works with the referring Hospital or Physicians to assess the critical nature of the children and families we are serving.

What other programs does RMHC of the Coastal Empire operate?

The Ronald McDonald House is the cornerstone program of our organization. We also operate  Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital and Memorial UniversityMedical Center in addition to the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in Beaufort, Jaspar and Hampton Counties (SC).