On September 29, 1986 the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island opened its doors, becoming the nation's 100th Ronald McDonald House. Since then, the House has been a home-away-from-home for over 18,000 families with seriously ill children.
Twelve years after the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia, the 100th House opened on the grounds of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center campus. But the dream of having a Ronald McDonald House on Long Island began in 1981 when Lyn Jurick, a trustee at LIJ and Irving Klein, a prominent McDonald's Owner/ Operator, met with Dr. Philip Lanzkowsky, the Chief of Staff of Schneider Children's Hospital. These three, with eleven others, set the plans in motion to create and fulfill their vision and, on September 29, 1986, our 18-bedroom home was opened. Since then, we have grown to accommodate the increasing demands for more rooms to help families in need. The 1998 merger of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital prompted
the Board of Directors of RMH-LI to launch a $5 million campaign in 2001. In 2005 we became a 42-bedroom facility with 8 kitchens, 5 laundry facilities, 2 Kosher kitchens, a library and numerous indoor and outdoor communal areas. Our children's playground and indoor playroom were renovated in 2009 and we recently completed an update on our outside facade.
Studies show that with their family nearby, a child heals better. Not having to worry about food and lodging, a family can handle their crisis with a clearer mind and are able to cope with the situation. We are proud to have been a home-away-from-home for over 16,000 families and we look forward to continuing this most important and vital mission.