The History and Drive Behind Ronald McDonald House Houston
Dr. Donald Fernbach picked up the baton for a Ronald McDonald House in Houston in 1978. Assembling a local group of McDonalds' franchise executives, concerned parents of pediatric patients and supporting members of Houston's medical community, Dr. Fernbach started the ball rolling. All of them shared a desire to build a safe haven within the Texas Medical Center for families of young, gravely ill patients. After a visit with Dr. Ed Baum on the National Advisory Committee for McDonald's and a trip to see the Chicago Ronald McDonald House, Dr. Fernbach and his group understood what kind of facility and services families of young patients needed most and how much help they'd need to make Ronald McDonald House Houston a reality.
Ronald McDonald House Houston offers a home away from home providing care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions.