Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

What is it?

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (RMCM) is a school-based medical clinic operated through a partnership with Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, Tennova Healthcare, and the United Way of Bradley County’s Health Initiative. Working closely with the school nurses, the RMCM provides advanced-level medical care and health education to students in three school systems and is helping to alleviate any barriers parents face to provide their children with excellent health care.

The fully staffed, state-of-the-art medical mobile clinic serves students every school day in 19 Bradley, Cleveland City, and Polk County schools by providing free immunizations and health screenings, preventive and restorative care and health education to children who otherwise would go without health care.

As of 2015, the Chattanooga RMCM is the first care mobile out of 50 world-wide to practice telemedicine. It is used to securely link the schools to the Care Mobile. Telemedicine is the use of the latest in technology which allow the Nurse Practitioner on the Care Mobile to complete a visit with a student remotely. The student is sent to the school nurse who performs the lab testing. During a telemedicine visit, a Bluetooth stethescope connects the school nurse to the Nurse Practitioner. The introduction of telemedicine has saved travel time for parents and is bridging the gap in school health."

Services Provided 
The Care Mobile:

  • Provides medical care
  • Practices the use of telemedicine
  • Medical care for sick children right at their school
  • Helps reduce school absenteeism
  • Prevents the spread of contagious disease in the classroom
  • Connects children who might go untreated to a medical home
  • Removes all the barriers parents face when trying to access healthcare for their child