Because campers at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times (Camp) need access to medical care at all times, Camp is equipped with a state-of-the-art healthcare center, better known as the MedShed.  The MedShed is specifically designed to serve the needs of all the campers impacted by cancer. It includes an examination room, resting and sleeping areas, a medication dispensary and the Catheter Care Cabin.  The MedShed is staffed at all times by a Pediatric Oncology Physician or Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse.  Should a camper need additional support, transportation can be quickly arranged to the nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center or the camper’s own hospital.
Nicole Rubin and Auntie Fran Wiley
The original MedShed was established by “Auntie” Fran Wiley, who first came to Camp in 1983. Fran secured donations of medication and set the protocol for the first MedShed in 1984. Fran has continued to be a presence at Camp ever since.  She brings not only her academic knowledge to Camp, but also she’s shared her love for camping and the desire to allow all campers, regardless of their situation, the possibility to heal in ways that can’t always happen in hospitals and clinics using modern medicine.
Fran Wiley received the Barco’s Nightingales Foundation Award for Nursing Excellence in 2014, for her dedication to Camp, spanning 30 years of volunteer service. Fran’s lasting contribution to Camp of the MedShed concept, is an excellent example of the dedication of nurses that Barco’s Nightingales holds in high esteem.
~Michael and Frida Donner