Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Unveils Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
On Friday, business and health care leaders from Houston joined Mayor Sylvester Turner and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston and Galveston to unveil the new Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Medical Unit that will be operated by Texas Children’s Hospital.
The new mobile care unit was made possible by a $400,000 donation from the McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association of Greater Houston. It will join a tradition of outreach care to those most in need in the Houston area.
“Texas Children’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities both believe in the power of serving the community and ensuring that all children have an equal opportunity to receive quality health care,” said Michelle Riley-Brown, executive vice president of Texas Children’s. “It is because of this shared mission that our organizations have dedicated the time and resources to reach medically underserved children in Houston.”
For the past 11 years, Texas Children’s has been able to provide high-quality care to approximately 40,000 Houston children who may not have received treatment otherwise through mobile clinics.
“With our new care mobile, we will be able to provide over 3,000 children with medical care in the 60-mile radius of the TMC. The unit’s arrival is expected to expand our service by 10 percent in the first year,” said Mary Redmond, president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston and Galveston.
The pediatric clinic on wheels provides full clinical care to patients. Staffed with a pediatrician, a nurse practitioner, a licensed vocational nurse and a medical assistant—all from Texas Children’s—patients are able to receive a wide variety of services without traveling far from home. While at the mobile unit they can have well and sick child assessments, vision and hearing exams, vaccinations, lab work, mental health care and health education all at no charge.
At the unveiling, Mayor Turner said the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Medical Unit is exactly what the community of Houston needs.
“For those of us who grew up not having access to private health care, like myself, and had to take a couple of buses to get to the public health hospital—Ben Taub in my case—and ended up having to wait all day for services, I certainly recognize the importance of these mobile units where you can actually go to the communities and give them access,” Turner said. “This is one of those Super Bowl experiences for children who don’t have access to care. It is like a touchdown for them every time.”