A survey conducted in 1982 found that many out-of-town families of
children hospitalized in Wichita hospitals had no where to stay. Many
slept in their cars or waiting room chairs. Some chose not to treat
their critically ill children because they couldn't find affordable
The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of
Medicine-Wichita and Junior League of Wichita, in conjunction with the
generosity of McDonald's owner/operators and other community support,
founded the first Wichita Ronald McDonald House near Wesley Medical
Center in 1983. The House was called Sleepy Hollow Ronald McDonald
House. With the opening of the Midtown Ronald McDonald House in 1985
near Via Christi Hospital - St. Francis, Wichita
was able to meet the needs of a lot more families.
Ronald McDonald Family Room, located inside Wesley Medical Center,
opened in 1998 after it was determined that along with out-of-town
families, local families also needed a place to "get away" while
visiting their hospitalized children.
To date, over 45,000 families have been served through our two Ronald McDonald Houses and our Ronald McDonald Family Room.