Parents and Grandparents

Parents and grandparents are not considered visitors; they are valued partners in the healthcare team. You are encouraged to participate in your child's care and are welcome at all times on the Children's Medical, Children's Surgical, Infant Medical Surgical, Immunocompromised Care, and Neuroscience/Trauma Units. In the Pediatric Critical Care and Newborn Critical Care Units, parents and grandparents are welcome at all times except during shift change.

Shift Changes

Shift changes generally occur from 7 a.m.-8 a.m. and from 7 p.m.-8 p.m, and staff are busy reporting patient information to incoming staff. If you have an immediate need during shift change, please make it known. If the need can wait a short time, please discuss it with the nurse after shift change is completed. Parents unable to be at the hospital can call their child's nurse, day or night, for an update.

Spending the Night with Your Child

One parent is welcome to sleep at the bedside in the Children's Medical, Children's Surgical, Infant Medical Surgical, Immunocompromised Care, and Neuroscience/Trauma Units. Special sleeping areas for a few parents are provided in the critical care units. These are usually reserved for parents who arrive in the night with a critical care patient. Arrangements can be made through the medical social work staff for other sleeping accommodations.

Siblings

Siblings are a special part of our patients' lives. Sometimes it is helpful for well children to make a short visit to their sibling in the hospital, but please follow these guidelines:

  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Visiting hours are daily until 9 p.m.
  • Check with your child's nurse to arrange a time.
  • Do not bring children who are sick, recently sick, or have been exposed to infectious diseases like chicken pox, measles, mumps, etc.
  • Because of room size constraints, we do not have sleeping accommodations for siblings in the patient rooms. Staff need to be able to adequately move around the patient rooms to ensure patient safety. 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Practices are utilized in the hospital. This means that we do not allow siblings under the age of one year to co-sleep with a parent on the parent sleep cot that is provided in all of our medical and surgical patient rooms. 
  • We encourage parents to make child care arrangements prior to bedtime for siblings so that their sleeping routine is not interrupted late in the evening to take them home or to the care of a sitter. 
  • If an extenuating circumstance arises with a patient's condition, the nurse manager on the unit can be contacted to discuss options with the family.