Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

Since 2003, Mercyhealth has provided dental and medical care to uninsured children in the region through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. The Care Mobile is a 40-foot, 26,000 pound pediatric clinic on wheels that delivers medical and dental care to uninsured children across the region: Boone, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties in Illinois and Rock County in Wisconsin. The vehicle houses two patient examination rooms, a laboratory, a reception area and a medical records area.  

A team of medical professionals including a nurse practitioner, a dentist and a dental assistant travel on the Care Mobile.  Onsite Dental is partnering with Mercyhealth to provide the dental care. Staff on the Care Mobile also help enroll children in the state’s All Kids Program. 

Funding for the Care Mobile is provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue Auxiliary and the Mercyhealth Development Foundation. Since 2003, we have had 11,533 visits from more than 8,378 children and their families. In 2016, we provided the following services:

  • 669 dental and medical visits for 658 children
  • $50,000 in free dental care
  • Over $100,000 in free medical care
  • 434 immunizations
  • 269  well child visits

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile staff offers the following services:

  • School and sports physicals
  • Primary care
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment of chronic conditions, including asthma and obesity care
  • Immunizations
  • Lead and hemoglobin point of care testing
  • Dental care
  • Referral for specialty care

Please call the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile or check with your school nurse to find out when we will be near you!

Contact Numbers:

  • Care Mobile Appointments or Schedule Inquiries: 815-971-5800, option 5
  • Questions about the Care Mobile: Toni Ellingson, FNP/Manager, 815-971-5810
  • Donations or Event Requests: Kristi Briggs, Community Health Representative, 815-971-6627