Keeping More Families Close: Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton Expands

With the recent growth in pediatric healthcare specialties in our region, Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton (RMHC Dayton) has seen a significant increase in demand for housing. “Last year Ronald McDonald House had to turn away 63% of the families that came to us for housing. Expanding our capacity is significant to the strategic growth of our region’s healthcare sector and necessary to support the hundreds of families who travel to Dayton each year for their child’s medical care,” said Rita Cyr, CEO., RMHC Dayton.

More than just a place to sleep, RMHC Dayton provides children and their loved ones’ respite, play, moments of celebration as well as a community of support. We are excited to be working with RMHC Dayton on a new, three-story 40,000 sf facility that will celebrate the distinct culture and personality of this house. When complete, the project will include 42 guest rooms, ample communal space, as well as outdoor recreation and respite space. The new building will enable holistic, wraparound services that support family-centered care and help improve health outcomes for pediatric patients.

While every RMHC project is unique, there are some commonalities that help inform the design.

 ”Most often, it is parents and healthy siblings staying in the house,” explains GBBN Associate Elizabeth Schmidt, who has been part of the project teams for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Dayton and in Cincinnati. “We wanted to make sure the design was sophisticated and calming, incorporates elements of whimsy and joy, and connects to nature and outdoor space,” she says.

Upon completion, the new facility will enable RMHC Dayton to accommodate all families in need of safe, comfortable, and affordable accommodations.

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Read about this project in the Dayton Business Journal.

Read about our work with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati here.