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When a child is seriously ill or injured, many families must travel far from home to get the specialized treatment their child needs. Sometimes the treatment lasts a day or two, other times it may be weeks, months, or more—that’s a long time to be away from your home, your job, and your family.
The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois serves these families by providing the comfort and amenities they need while their child recovers. Whether they are staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City, or one of our Family Rooms at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids or the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, we keep families together when their child needs medical care.
The Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City provides support and comfortable accommodations to families with a child age 21 or younger undergoing treatment at local hospitals and clinics. Families living 20 miles or more from Iowa City are eligible to stay at the House regardless of their ability to pay for their room.
Ronald McDonald Family Rooms serve as a quiet rest area within a medical facility for family members of children that have been admitted to the hospital. The Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Luke’s Hospital is located on the second floor of the Women and Children’s Building at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital.
A NEW Ronald McDonald Family Room in the new University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital opened in February 2017 to serve families of children being treated in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), located on the third floor.