RMHC Timeline

A 30 Year Legacy of Love 

What started as a 13-room house in 1988 has grown to a 72-room house in Salt Lake City, along with two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Primary Children’s Hospital each with 4-rooms, and Hospitality Carts at Ogden Regional Medical Center and Shriner’s Hospital. With the help of our community over the last thirty years, we have served over 80,000 families! We  celebrate this legacy of love and look back on the last 30 years of incredible moments through the photos and milestones highlighted below.



Community Leaders and PCH propose a Salt Lake City Ronald McDonald House. Mountain West Friends of Hospitalized Children incorporates – planning and fundraising begin






The original Salt Lake City Ronald McDonald House opens October 22, 1988. It has 13 guest rooms, common kitchen and living room





The House is expanded to 29 rooms and has more common areas for families to gather






Mountain West Friends of Hospitalized Children merges with RMHC to become RMHC of the Intermountain Area, Inc.



Apartment building on 800 East opens in March of 2002 with 15 apartments for immune compromised pediatric patients and their families (in use until 2012)




RMHC purchased a third Ronald McDonald House on 1100 E & South Temple – dedicated to families with the most critically ill children, creating 33 guest rooms for families (in use until 2015)





Utah’s first RMFR opened at Ogden Regional Medical Center, providing a quiet respite area right in the hospital (in use until 2016)





The world’s largest Ronald McDonald Family Room opened in Primary Children’s Hospital – an oasis of calm just steps from a child’s hospital room





Due to the changing needs of pediatric patient families and the expansion of two major referral hospitals, the Salt Lake City Ronald McDonald House was renovated and expanded, creating 72 guest rooms for families




The second Ronald McDonald Family Room opens on Level 2 of Primary Children’s Hospital. Hospitality Carts were launched at Shriner’s Hospital for Children and Ogden Regional Medical Center





RMHC purchases property adjacent to the Ronald McDonald House for The Park that LOVE Built, a playful outdoor greenspace for pediatric patient guest families to play, run, relax, hope and heal together. Estimated completion






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