HOUSTON — The Ronald McDonald House gave CW39 Houston a tour of its mobile medical care vans, and how they’ll impact our communities.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston, in conjunction with Texas Children’s Hospital, unveiled the state-of-the-art, fully-equipped pediatric clinic on wheels Friday at a “Mickey D’s” restaurant located at 1619 South Loop West. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was in attendance for the unveiling.
Designed to meet healthcare and treatment needs of children, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® is staffed by pediatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and medical assistants from Texas Children’s. The unit will provide medical care to over 3,000 children per year in a 60-mile radius around the Texas Medical Center. The new unit’s arrival is expected to expand service reach by 10 percent in the first year.
“Working in partnership with community health care leaders, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® bridges gaps between underserved children and local community agencies. It travels to locations lacking pediatric resources or underutilizing existing ones,” said Tanya Gee, Executive Director of RMHC®. “We want to thank our partners at Texas Children’s for their tireless dedication to our shared mission of service to the children of Houston and the local McDonald’s Owner/Operators for their incredible generosity.”
“We are looking forward to the continued impact the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® will have on families in Houston,” said Kay Tittle, president of Texas Children’s Pediatrics. “At Texas Children’s, our goal is to build a community of healthy children, and our mobile clinics allow us to provide trusted, high-quality medical services to children who normally might not have the opportunity to receive health care.”
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile medical unit was made possible by a donation of $400,000 from the McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association of Greater Houston. Through its Fry Fund initiative, Houston area McDonald’s restaurants donated three cents for every case of French fries sold over the past four years.
“As local business people, we are committed to supporting the communities we live and work in,” said Matthew Kades, President of the McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association of Greater Houston. “The families served by the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® are our neighbors. McDonald’s is a big brand, and with partners