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Our History

Providing care since 1974

In 1974,  Dr. Audrey Evans opened the first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. She believed that no child should face the weight of illness alone and designed programs to keep families near each other and the medical care they needed. Dr. Evans worked hard to cared for the heart and soul of her patients, not just their bodies, and believed in the resiliency of families when they were able to be together.

Since the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia, RMHC has created programs around the world that strengthen families during difficult times. Through this network of local Chapters, RMHC provides vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide.

Providing Services in South Louisiana since 1983

The New Orleans Ronald McDonald House opened December 10, 1983 with the help of the New Orleans Saints. It was the 53rd Ronald McDonald House to open in the United States.

Over the years, our House has provided a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children and provides programs that give comfort, compassion and care to children and their families. Today, the New Orleans Ronald McDonald House has 15 bedrooms with a kitchen, dining room, laundry, a toy room, relaxation areas and a living room.

In November 2019, Children’s Hospital New Orleans and RMHC-SLA announced plans to jointly fund a new, expanded family housing space on the Children’s Hospital campus. The $6 million project will expand the current Ronald McDonald House New Orleans program, bringing much-needed housing to families from across the state and region whose children receive vital medical services in New Orleans.

Outside photo of the New Orleans Ronald McDonald House in 2013