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Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you would like to know about building a Ronald McDonald House for the next generation.

When will the new House open?

Construction for our new 99,500-square-foot, North Druid Hills House is planned to begin in early 2024. We anticipate opening the doors in late summer 2025.

How many rooms will the new House have?

Growing capacity by 40 percent from our House near Egleston, the new House will have 60 spacious guest rooms and 10 transplant suites. With development planned in two phases, our House will be built to readily expand to more than 100 guest rooms by 2040 as demand for world-class pediatric care continues to grow.

How much will it cost?

  • Approximately $65 million is needed for construction of a new, state-of-the-art Ronald McDonald House, which will include 70 spacious guest rooms with plans to expand to 100+ guest rooms in future phases of development.
  • In addition to building a House, we are building a community of care which supports individual needs and fosters connection through shared experiences during the healing journey. Sustaining a New World of Care costs another $7 million. A New World of Care includes a program innovation fund to support our maintenance reserves and expanded operating expenses.

Why is a House needed?

A House is needed to be a home away from home for children and families when they need it most. Since 1979, we are honored to have kept more than 71,000 families together and close to life-saving care during their most difficult times.

Our House near Egleston is already experiencing capacity challenges, Once the new, bigger hospital opens, we must grow to meet the higher demand. Countless more families will make the journey to Atlanta in search of medical treatment for their children, full of worry and uncertainty about what the future will bring. We are creating a New World of Care, so they have a chance to go home

Why is Atlanta RMHC building a new House?

As Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta builds its new North Druid Hills campus, we will provide families unprecedented access to A New World of Care. Through A New World of Care, we will develop the Ronald McDonald House for next generation — one that is built on connection, comfort, hope, and healing and continues our legacy of world-class care. Atlanta RMHC is a leading Chapter in our global network, and we will continue to lead the way in delivering world-class support for children and families at our North Druid Hills House.

Is this a third Ronald McDonald House or is this replacing an existing one?

Our House near Egleston will remain in operation until the new House opens, after which we will transition all programming and services from Egleston to the North Druid Hills campus. Our House at Scottish Rite will continue serving families in need, with no change to its operations.