Ronald McDonald Family Room – UAMS

Ronald McDonald Family Room at UAMS

Our third program, the Ronald McDonald Family Room (RMFR), is located on the same floor as the neonatal intensive care (NICU) at UAMS. Families walking through the door find a soothing environment where they can rest and regroup, steps from their baby’s room.
All Ronald McDonald House programs, services, and accommodations are free to those we serve.


​All reservations must be made by a hospital representative. To learn more about staying at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at UAMS, please see your family services associate at the hospital.

Since opening in 2020, this program has served more than 13,000 NICU families, providing them with overnight stays and daytime respite.

​Like the hospital, Ronald McDonald Family Room programs are designed with a focus on family-centered care. Research shows that staying close by allows parents to better communicate with their child’s medical team and improves adherence to complicated treatment plans. We have heard from parents that having a place to care for themselves and near their baby’s room enables them to focus and regroup to make critical medical decisions.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room has four overnight suites giving families much-needed time together and a good night’s rest. In the communal area, parents can take a hot shower or start a load of laundry, watch television, enjoy planned activities, and have a play space for children. Families have access to a breakfast bar, grab-and-go snacks, beverages, and meal program options for dinner.

When families step inside, they instantly experience a sense of serenity thanks to our caring staff and volunteers.

This Ronald McDonald Family Room is a 2,000 sf Ronald McDonald House concept created within the hospital to serve families, promoting family-centered care. It includes:

  • Four overnight suites
  • Open-concept kitchenette
  • Coffee, juice, and milk
  • TV Lounge, wi-fi, and dining area
  • Play area and activities for siblings
  • Laundry facilities
  • Day use shower for freshening up

Currently, there are 270 Family Rooms across the globe. The Ronald McDonald Family Room at UAMS is the first of its kind in central Arkansas.

Contact us

Ronald McDonald Family Room at UAMS Program Manager: Lauren Lavender,

Family Room: 501-686-8850

To donate items for the Ronald McDonald Family Room: wish list

To learn about volunteer opportunities at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at UAMS, fill out this form