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.
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.
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.
Original guest rooms are renovated; a reception area and staff offices are added.
Ronald McDonald Family Room at the University of New Mexico’s Children’s Hospital opens.
Expansion completed, adding 14 guest rooms/suites, computer room, library, elevator, and enlarged common space.
Ronald McDonald Family Room at Presbyterian Hospital
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.
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.
The Highlands House opened April 15, 2021, increasing guest rooms from 31 to 51, 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.
A refresh of our Yale House was completed on Friday, April 1. Improvements made throughout the House included new paint, flooring, light fixtures throughout the House, new bedding, decor, and TVs for all guest rooms, and the addition of a Welcome Closet that is stocked with comforting blankets, stuffed toys, baby needs, and gift bags.