Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
“Advocate Children’s Hospital has been fortunate to have a great relationship with Ronald McDonald House Charities. Children are now able to stay in school, receive necessary immunizations and get connected with a primary care provider to establish a medical home. These lives could not have been touched without our current partnership, and the children, their families and their schools are so grateful!”
– Joanna Lewis, MD, FAAP, Medical Director
In 2008, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana partnered with Advocate Children’s Hospital to begin operating the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a fully-equipped medical clinic on wheels that delivers cost-effective care directly to under-served children right in their own neighborhood.
The Care Mobile helps to address the needs of high-risk pediatric populations throughout southern Chicago and parts of northern Illinois. To date, it has allowed us to serve over 16,000 children in the Chicagoland area who would have otherwise gone without medical care.
The Care Mobile is 40-feet-long, 8-feet-wide and incorporates two patient exam rooms, a waiting room and a medical records area. The focus of our Care Mobile program includes:
- Initial health screenings
- Primary care treatment
- Referral/follow-up appointment for everyday and serious medical needs
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 Care Mobile, 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 21 years old. The 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 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
- 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