WHAT TO EXPECT

When families come to HealthBridge Children’s Hospital they can expect to experience:

  • A loving and nurturing environment where the staff treats every child and family as if they were their own.

  • The finest acute specialty pediatric medical care provided by a top-notch multidisciplinary team of medical and allied health professionals.

  • A unique physician-led medical treatment plan designed specifically for each patient.

  • Private child-friendly rooms that are supervised 24 hours a day by our registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), respiratory therapists (RTs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs).

  • A sense of intimacy not evident in traditional children's hospital settings. The family room, the front porch and the large grassy picnic areas provide areas for quaility time with family and friends.

Here is a list of suggestions on what families should bring for their child:

  • Items that will help the child to feel more at home:

    • A special pillow or blanket, stuffed animal, toy, book or other special item.

    • Some family photos or photos of friends.

    • A favorite movie or music. DVDs are available at the hospital.

    • Headphones for listening to personal electronic devices.

  • Clothing: Our HealthBridge patients are dressed daily as part of their rehabilitation process. The nurses and therapists will advise you about the types of clothing that will work best for your child based on his or her specific medical needs.

  • Pajamas

  • Shoes

  • Socks /underwear

  • Coat or jacket, sweater or sweatshirt (as seasonally appropriate)

  • Basic toiletries: deodorant, body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste

  • A copy of the child’s immunization records.

Schedule

Each child’s schedule is unique and dictated by the recommendations from the lead physician along with the nursing, therapy, and the allied health team based on each patient's medical and rehabilitative needs. A typical daily schedule includes rehabilitation, therapy, meals, extracurricular activities, school time, family time and time to rest.

Visiting Hours

Regular visiting hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m daily for all visitors. We encourage regular wake and sleep cycles. Vending machines, coffee, and a refrigerator for food storage are available 24 hours a day, and a microwave oven and toaster are available for use in the dining room. 

Length of Stay

The exact length of stay is different for each child and is based upon the child’s individual medical needs. A team of healthcare professionals will meet weekly to discuss the child’s progress towards discharge goals. We consider family members an integral part of the treatment team and encourage participation in the decision making process at these weekly meetings. Once a discharge plan is established, the treatment team works to meet the discharge goals for a safe transition home.

During an Outpatient Visit

Our outpatient services provide families with a continuum of care. The lead physician along with the nursing, therapy, and allied health team will determine the timing and length of a session. We encourage parents to discuss the child’s goals for the sessions and for home with the health team. Punctual attendance is appreciated to maximize the session and to keep our hospital’s outpatient treatment schedule running on time.