Pediatrics at NCH

Pediatric Inpatient Unit

World-Class Expertise in a Safe, Comforting Environment

Northwest Community Hospital handles more than 2,000 pediatric inpatient admissions per year. If your child needs to be hospitalized, rest assured that he or she will be cared for by pediatric experts in a safe, comforting environment close to home.

We want to make your child's stay in the hospital as comfortable and home-like as possible. The Pediatric Inpatient Unit provides a playroom for younger children, stocked with toys, games and movies. Older children have access to DVD players and gaming systems that they can use in their rooms.

Through our animal-assisted therapy program, specially trained dogs and their handlers may visit children in the Pediatric Inpatient Unit for a healthy dose of tail-wagging attention. These visits help comfort children while also reducing their stress.

Your child's health is our first priority

To keep our smallest patients as comfortable as possible, our Pediatric Inpatient Unit has special visiting hour rules.

Pediatric Inpatient Unit visiting hours

  • Parents may visit any time and are welcomed as partners in their child's care; however, there may be times during treatment when parents are asked to step out of the room for short periods.
  • General visiting hours are from noon until 8 pm.
  • One parent is encouraged to stay overnight.
  • For safety reasons, minors (including siblings) are not permitted to stay overnight.
  • Parents have access to a shower.

NICU visiting hours

  • Parents may visit any time and are encouraged to stay the night with their baby.
  • Family and friends are welcome, but must be accompanied or approved to visit by a parent.
  • A sibling of the newborn may visit anytime during the daytime hours as long as he or she is healthy and accompanied by a parent. For safety reasons, minors (including siblings) are not permitted to stay overnight.
  • All visitors must be free of any signs of illness.
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Lurie Children's pediatric specialists

Specially trained pediatric specialists from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago care for your child in conjunction with your pediatrician. These board-certified, hospital-based physicians also work with NCH pediatric nurses who are trained in pediatric advanced life support (PALS) to provide a full range of advanced medical services.

In addition, NCH's unique relationship with Lurie Children's allows us to offer you a variety of pediatric specialty outpatient care consultations and follow-up with specialists such as pediatric cardiologists and pediatric urologists. These specialists are available for appointment at the Busse Center for Specialty Medicine on the NCH campus.

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