Hospital Care for Pediatric Patients
Quality care in a family-friendly setting
Being in the hospital can be a scary experience for children – and their parents. No matter what the diagnosis, a child’s illness is a family crisis. We’re committed to meeting each family’s unique needs during a child’s treatment and recovery.
At The University of Kansas Hospital, you'll find a safe, nurturing and comfortable environment with family-friendly features, such as:
- Built-in beds in each room so you can stay with your child
- A child life specialist who provides educational and play activities
- A playroom featuring toys, books and computer games
Pediatric intensive care
The quality of care provided to children with life-threatening illnesses and injuries sets The University of Kansas Hospital apart from community hospitals. In fact, other hospitals often transfer their sickest children to our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Our PICU provides state-of-the-art care for children and adolescents with critical injuries and illnesses. Highly skilled nurses and intensivists (physicians with extensive training in pediatric critical care medicine) staff our PICU around the clock.
Nearly 400 children from across Kansas and Missouri are admitted to our family-focused PICU every year. Parents have 24-hour access to the unit and are encouraged to spend the night.
Neonatal intensive care
Learn more about the comprehensive care our pediatric specialists and surgeons provide to mothers and their critically ill or premature infants.
Child and adolescent psychiatric care
Learn more about our child and adolescent psychiatric hospital that treats patients in need of urgent life interventions and addresses mental health and wellness.
If your child is admitted to the hospital, one of our hospitalists will work with you to coordinate care.
Hospitalists are board-certified pediatricians who specialize in the care of children who require hospitalization, whether for an unexpected acute admission or a planned admission to care for a chronic health issue. Your hospitalist is your link to the interdisciplinary team that includes all of the hospital’s resources. They are responsible for coordinating the resources into a personalized care plan for your child.
This team will include any specialists involved in your child’s care, as well as pediatric nursing, pharmacy and other hospital services as needed. Our goal is to make sure that you are well-informed and understand the diagnosis and treatment plan.
Your hospitalist will also work to keep the primary physician informed and involved throughout the hospital stay and upon discharge.