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Your Stay at Children's Hospital

Your Stay at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Your child is a V.I.P. - Very Important Person - to us. While your child is at Children's Hospital, we will abide by our Children's Bill of Rights and provide care and service that exceeds your needs and expectations. We also recommend you download our mobile app for quick access to hospital news, events, daily cafeteria menus, our interactive symptom checker and more.

Preparing for Your Visit

Information the hospital will need includes your child's name, address and health insurance information. Also required are your child's Social Security number and the doctor's order for the exam. A parent's or guardian's signature is required for exams and sedation for children under the age of 18. A previous medical history, a list of allergies and names/dosages of current medications are also helpful at the time of admission. Obviously, for an emergency visit, this information is not the first priority, but it will be necessary at a later time. We also recommend that you fill out a consent for medical treatment form in case of an emergency.

Interpretation services are available for non-English speaking patient families and for patient families with hearing impairment.

When preparing to be admitted to the hospital for an overnight stay, bring anything from home that will make the patient comfortable, including stuffed animals or a favorite toy. All foods and formulas will be provided for the patient at the hospital.

Remember to pack lightly and leave valuables at home. Here are a few items that a parent might consider packing for the visit:

For your child:

  • Personal items such as toothbrush, hairbrush, etc.
  • A change of clothes, including a favorite pair of pajamas
  • A favorite movie (all rooms have dvd players)
  • A special stuffed animal or blanket or other comfort item
  • Anything else that you think would comfort your child during his or her visit

For parents:

  • Personal items and a change of clothes
  • Phone numbers and email addresses (to update family on the patient's condition)
  • A book or magazine to pass time
  • A pillow
  • Spare change or small bills (for late night snacks from vending machines)
  • A laptop computer, if desired (patient rooms have wireless internet access)


The DAISY Awards honor nurses who make a particular difference in a patient's life.Did a nurse make a difference in you our your child's life during their visit to East Tennessee Children's Hospital? Acknowledge your thanks and appreciation by submitting a DAISY Award.

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day. The DAISY Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of the auto-immune disease ITP in 1999. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way. Please say thank you by sharing your story of how a nurse made a difference you will never forget!

Submit a Daisy Award