Because children are not just miniature adults, but individuals with special medical, physical and emotional needs, they deserve specially trained staff and services just for them. In addition to our pediatric subspecialties, Children's Hospital offers the following pediatric services to improve the health of children in our community:
Our Child Life Specialists ease anxiety through the power of play in a constructive, healing and educating manner. We currently have 15 staff members that serve as cheerleaders, confidantes and advocates to patients who may be frightened by or unfamiliar with the hospital setting. Beloved by patients, the Child Life Specialists at Children's Hospital believe in the power of play as a method of healing, growing and developing.Learn More
The clinical laboratory at Children's Hospital is open 24/7 and completes about 500,000 tests a year for doctors. These tests will either provide a diagnosis of your child's illness or provide follow-up monitoring of a disease. The laboratory is divided into hematology, chemistry, blood bank, microbiology and laboratory support. Our state-of-the-art machines can complete more than 400 different tests, including blood counts, panels, glucose levels, transfusion compatibility and more.
Healthy Ways at Children's Hospital is a family-centered, collaborative and interdisciplinary program. Our clinic team includes pediatric specialists in medicine, psychology, nutrition, physical therapy and nursing. The Healthy Ways program is structured, evidence-based and flexible to accommodate family and individual needs and differences.Learn More
Children's Hospital's Lifeline ambulances are custom-made neonatal/pediatric transport vehicles equipped like mobile intensive care units in order to bring in premature babies from hospitals in surrounding areas. Enough supplies are on the ambulance that any size patient, from a premature infant to a 21-year-old, can be cared for upon transfer to the Children's Hospital NICU or PICU. Lifeline answers over 365 calls each year.
Children's Hospital Home Health Care provides follow-up care to children who do not need to be in the hospital or under constant watch by healthcare professional. Home health care is provided based on the child's needs and if their doctors, families and Home Health staff believe that in-home care would be effective.View Office Info
Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who specifically work in the hospital to care for patients. The Children's Pediatric Group at Children's Hospital has 15 pediatric hospitalists on staff. They take care of patients who have been referred to them by primary care doctors, the Emergency Department or other Children's Hospital specialists. They work on all floors and with all specialties.
The Social Work and Interpretive Services team provides extra help families may need in the hospital or as they go home. Children's Hospital's social workers are licensed and clinically trained to provide grief support, intervention, planning and advice. Our interpretation services include translation for non-English speakers, Spanish-speaking certified medical interpreters and help for the hearing-impaired. Call the Social Work Department at (865) 541-8457 if you anticipate the need for interpretive services during your stay at the hospital.