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Our Timeline

The Start of Our Chapter

Since opening our doors in Albuquerque in 1982, the House has undergone many changes. Scroll through the timeline to see how the local RMHC has grown from one to two Houses, now providing 50 rooms for families traveling to the Albuquerque for medical care for their children.

1982
vintage photo of ribbon cutting ceremony for RMHC New Mexico

New Mexico’s Ronald McDonald House officially opened its doors in October 1982. A group consisting of three Albuquerque hospitals, local medical organizations, private citizens, and the Junior League of Albuquerque—supported by $25,000 in seed funding from the Ray Kroc Foundation at McDonald’s, worked with the University of New Mexico Board of Regents to find an appropriate site and begin construction on the new facility.

1985
RMHC New Mexico's first renovation adding rooms

With the growing need for families, the original eight guest room Ronald McDonald House underwent its first renovation adding ten guest rooms, a living room, and two solariums.

1999

Original guest rooms are renovated; a reception area and staff offices are added.

2007
Ronald McDonald Family Room at the University of New Mexico’s Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald Family Room at the University of New Mexico’s Children’s Hospital opens.

2008
RMHC New Mexico expansion in 2008

Expansion completed, adding 14 guest rooms/suites, computer room, library, elevator, and enlarged common space.

2013
Ronald McDonald Family Room at Presbyterian Hospital downtown

Ronald McDonald Family Room at Presbyterian Hospital
downtown opens.

2017
Katie’s Kart at Lovelace Women’s Hospital is launched, offering snacks, toiletries, toys, and other small comforts to families and children

Katie’s Kart at Lovelace Women’s Hospital is launched, offering snacks, toiletries, toys, and other small comforts to families and children on the units free of charge.

2019
groundbreaking at a second New Mexico Ronald McDonald House at Highlands, located south of Presbyterian Hospital

RMHC-NM launches a $4.1 million Capital Campaign to build a second New Mexico Ronald McDonald House at Highlands, located south of Presbyterian Hospital, adding 20 guest rooms. Construction broke ground on March 11th.

2021
artistic rendering of future highlands house

Summer 2021, the new Highlands House is scheduled to open, increasing guest rooms from 30 to 50, allowing us to serve an additional 640 families each year. Located directly across from Presbyterian Hospital in the Springhill Suites by Marriott, it is the first purpose-built Ronald McDonald House in a hotel. As the first of its kind in the country, RMHC-NM has the opportunity to develop a new model for service delivery.