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Pediatric Unit Patient Information

Pediatric Unit patient information

At Community Howard Regional Health System, we understand how stressful your child's hospitalization can be for you. We take the responsibility of caring for your child very seriously, understanding that children have special needs and require special attention. We provide the best care possible for your child throughout his or her stay and encourage you to be involved and ask any questions you may have.

What to bring to the hospital

The Pediatric Unit provides diapers, shirts, gowns, bottles and blankets for infants. Older children may wear either their own sleepwear or gowns from the hospital. Things to bring from home include toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, comb, robe, slippers, and a special blanket and toys. Be sure to mark all personal items. The hospital cannot be responsible for lost items. Please do not bring valuables to the hospital. It is not advisable to leave your purse or wallet unattended during your stay.

Information about your child

You are welcome to call the nurses' station at any time for information about your child. The number to call is 765-453-8230. Test results should be discussed with your child's physician.

Visiting hours

Parents are always welcome on the Pediatric Unit and may spend the night in the child's room. A roll-away cot or recliner will be provided on request. If you are unable to stay and want a grandparent or friend to stay, please make the nurses aware of your plans. Visitors other than parents are asked to observe our regular visiting hours of 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Your help is appreciated in limiting the number of visitors to two at one time, not including yourself.

Parent involvement

We encourage you to be involved in your child's care. You are welcome to assist in bathing, feeding, recreational supervision and most other care that is needed for your child. If at any time you have other obligations or feel you cannot participate, please feel assured that the nursing staff will give the best possible care to your child. Parents are responsible for making arrangements for school lessons and study plans during your child's hospitalization.

Play room

A play room is provided for young patients who are allowed out of bed. Parents of small children are asked to remain with the child while in the play room. You may take several toys to your child's room, but please check with the nurse first and return them to the play room when you are through with them so other children may use them.


If your child will be having an operation, you will be notified by Surgery staff one or two days before. They will answer any questions and provide information needed for surgery. Children need to be admitted at least two to three hours prior to the scheduled surgery time in order to complete admission paperwork.

Prior to surgery, a pre-op medication may be given orally (by mouth) or by injection. Once this is given we ask that you do not allow your child out of bed and that you keep the bed's side rails up. You should stay with your child until he or she is taken to Surgery and may choose to stay until he or she is taken into the operating room. Children are normally taken to Surgery 30 minutes prior to the procedure. During the procedure, please stay in the surgery waiting room. If for any reason you need to leave, let the volunteer at the desk know. The physician will normally see you after the procedure is completed and your child is in the Recovery Room. After your child is alert, you may be with him or her during the remainder of the recovery time. This normally lasts about an hour.


Meal times on the Pediatric Unit are approximately 8:00 a.m. for breakfast, noon for lunch and 5:00 p.m. for dinner. Visitors are welcome to go to the hospital cafeteria located in the basement. Serving times are 6:30 to 10:00 a.m. for breakfast, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch, and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for dinner. Twenty-four hour vending service is also available in the cafeteria.

Telephone and television

Community Howard Regional Health System provides both telephone and television service at no extra charge. To dial an outside number, you must dial "9" followed by the number. Incoming calls are disconnected from 10:00 p.m. until 6:30 a.m.

Additional information

  • Children are not permitted to play in wheelchairs.
  • Please do not visit with children in other rooms or attempt to care for other children in the hospital.
  • Children are not permitted to leave the Pediatric Unit except for tests.
  • Please check at the nurses' station before emptying an emesis basin, urinal or bedpan. Please save all diapers for the nurse to weigh.
  • Please check at the nurses' station before bringing in food or drinks.
  • It may be necessary to move your child to another room during the hospital stay.
  • Community Howard Regional Health System is a smoke free hospital.

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  • Top 10 Indiana Cardiology Hospitals
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI
  • HealthGrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award

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