What Happens During Admission?

Thank you for choosing St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children to care for your child. While we understand that it is never easy to leave your child in someone else’s care, St. Mary’s goal is to make this transition as easy as possible for you and your child. You can be sure that St. Mary’s will keep you involved in every aspect of your child’s care.

On the day of admission, you will be introduced to many new faces. You and your child will be brought to his/her unit where you will meet with staff members, including:

  • A Social Worker to provide information on the facility, discuss expectations, and review paperwork and authorizations.
  • A Pediatric Medical Provider (Doctor/Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant) to take a full medical history, give your child a physical examination, and discuss goals of care.
  • A Nurse to familiarize you and your child with the unit and review your child’s routines, allergies, and any special items your child uses.

Please feel free to ask questions and share any concerns with these caregivers. Their goal is to help you and your child make this transition as easy as possible.

What should we bring?

Please remember to bring the following on the day of admission:

  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card
  • Medicaid or insurance card(s)
  • Immunization record
  • School information or IEP (individualized educational plan)
  • Legal guardian papers (guardianship, custody, court documents), if applicable
  • Copy of child’s income, if applicable
  • Verification of child’s assets, if applicable
  • If coming from home, bring child’s medication
  • Seasonal clothing labeled with child’s name:
    • Outfits (pants, shirts, dresses, jeans, sweatpants, and shorts) – 7 total
    • Pajamas or nightgowns – 7 total
    • Underwear (bras, cotton briefs, boxers, panties, and undershirts) – 10 total
    • Socks – 10 total
    • Sweatshirts/sweaters – 3 total
    • Jacket, coat – 1 total
    • Hat, glove, scarf – 1 total
    • Robe – 1 total
    • Footwear (shoes, sneakers, slippers) – 2 total
    • Belt – 1 total

Visiting your child

  • Our facility is family-centered and we encourage you to actively participate in your child’s treatment; parents are welcome in the facility at all times.
  • We also welcome other family and friends to visit regularly, visiting hours are: 11 AM to 8 PM

Helpful Information

Overnight accommodations: Parents may choose to sleep bedside in their child’s room.

Cell phones: St. Mary’s allows the use of cell phones in the building by staff, families, children, and visitors. While cell phone use will not interfere with any equipment, we ask that all visitors be respectful of when, where, and how the cell phone is used.

Laundry service: Laundry pick-up and delivery is available for those who wish to participate.

Valuables: St. Mary’s recommends that all valuable possessions be left at home.