Preparing to Visit the Hospital

Preparing to Visit the Hospital

For a child, any trip to a hospital can be scary. Below are a few answers to common questions that will help you prepare.

What should I bring with me?

Here are a few suggestions on what to bring from home, but feel free to bring whatever is going to make your child feel safe and secure:

  • Pack comfortable clothes for your child. As you would for any trip, bring extra underwear, socks and some loose-fitting clothing, such as an oversized t-shirt. Robe, slippers, and a favorite blanket are especially welcomed.
  • Bring clothing and toiletries for yourself as well. In most cases, we can accommodate parents in the same room. (See Parent's Guide)
  • Bring toys, especially special or comforting toys. Toys, activities and videos can also be found in the playroom.

Will I be able to stay with my child overnight?


Our goal is to support your family so your child feels safe and secure in the hospital. We believe the presence of a family member is essential for your child's healing and safety and we require a family member or adult to stay with your child at all times.

Most rooms are private. There are a few double rooms for parents admitting more than one child at a time. Most rooms have showers and a sofa that can be used as a bed for the adult staying overnight.

Do I need to bring my own telephone?


Each room has a telephone for your use, and local calls are free. If you need to make long distance calls, you may want to bring a mobile phone or a calling card, which you can purchase in the Gift Shop.

When can our family visit?

Visiting hours are open and flexible.

Family and friends may visit patients during waking hours. We request that visitors leave the unit by 9 p.m. so the patients can rest.  

Can I bring my other (well) children to visit?


We only ask that anyone who is sick, even a cough or a cold, stay home until they are feeling better. Infants younger than three months of age should probably stay at home, just for their safety.

Where can my friends and family park?

In the garage or across the street from the hospital.

Parking in the garage is available for $3.00 (cash only) each time you exit and free parking is available across the street from the hospital.

Who do I call if I need help?

Your nurse.

If you have any needs, requests or concerns, please call the nurses' station by pressing the nurses' call button in your room.

What if I have emotional or spiritual needs?

If you are in need of spiritual or emotional support, we have specially trained team members who can help. Your nurse will make arrangements for you.

What are my and my child's rights and responsibilities?

See our detailed patient rights and responsibilities, and feel free to ask a team member if you have questions.

Did we miss something?

Please send us an email if there's a question we didn't answer or call us at (225) 765-6565.