Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

In 2008, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana partnered with Advocate Children’s Hospital to begin operation of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program, a fully-equipped medical clinic on wheels that delivers cost-effective care directly to under-served children right in their own neighborhood. In December 2017, a second Ronald McDonald Care Mobile was launched to serve children who live in Chicago’s northern communities, including Cook, Lake, McHenry and Kane counties, where the number of at-risk children continues to grow. Watch coverage of the launch from ABC Chicago.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program helps to address the needs of high-risk pediatric populations throughout the greater Chicagoland. Since its inception in 2008, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program has allowed us to serve more than 21,893 children in the Chicagoland area who would have otherwise gone without medical care.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile programs incorporate patient exam rooms, a waiting room and a medical records area. The focus of our Ronald Mcdonald Care Mobile program includes:

  • Initial health screenings
  • Immunizations
  • Primary care treatment
  • Referral/follow-up appointment for everyday and serious medical needs

To further support children in our community, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile began a backpack distribution program in 2018 to provide school supplies, toiletries and non-perishable food items for children facing food insecurity.

We are proud of what we have been able to achieve, and we thank Advocate Children’s Hospital for partnering with us in these efforts.

Special thanks to our caring partners for their support toward the program.

  • Advocate Children’s Hospital
  • The Cantalupo Family

For more information about the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program, contact: 

Advocate Children’s Hospital


Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Services

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides health care and health education services to children from birth to 18 years old.  The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is staffed with a nurse practitioner, medical assistant, and medical residents, all under the supervision of the program’s medical director.

Services provided on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile are not meant to replace regular visits to a doctor. Rather, they provide an entry point into a regular pattern of health care for vulnerable children, with the goal of connecting the child and his or her family to a medical home.

Those services include:

  • Primary care, well-child visits and developmental screening
  • Immunizations
  • Oral hygiene education
  • Asthma self-management education
  • Vision and hearing screening
  • School and sports physicals
  • Childhood health promotion and injury prevention education
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Mental health assessment and referral
  • Social service resource referral
  • Health education