Family Resources

By helping to prepare you for your visit, we hope your hospital experience can be as stress-free as possible so that you can focus on emotionally supporting your child or loved one.

Patient Care

What to expect during your stay

The hospital can be a scary experience for a child. Especially a child who is undergoing complicated treatments and procedures. 

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital has been designed from the ground up to make sure that every child can heal quickly and thrive within our environment.  A large part of that is making sure the whole family can play a part in that healing.

Logo of Capital Campaign

Providing individualized hope

Child Life Services

When a child is in the hospital, sometimes days can extend into weeks. Child life services is designed to ensure that, no matter what their treatment or how long their stay, children still have their childhood. Around every corner are opportunities to play – and to learn.

Child Life Specialists consider each child individually from the moment they join us, delving for favorite activities and toys, getting to know the family and the siblings. Maximizing a healing environment that keeps a child and their families feeling hopeful, positive and as normal as possible.

At The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, our team of Child Life Specialists is specially-trained in helping children and their families overcome life’s most challenging events through therapeutic play, role-playing and coping strategies. 

How we help

Because the needs of every illness requires special considerations, and every child and family are unique, child life specialists work differently with all our patients and families.

  • We Celebrate
    Every holiday, every milestone – from the end of a treatment to a birthday to a Prom – is not only celebrated but recreated as closely as we can to bring whatever they’re missing to them.
  • We Proxy Their School
    Our Child Life team work with 19 school districts in 19 counties, balancing 19 sets of rules, to ensure each child can keep up with their education and their school work. We even have access to tutors should the need arise.
  • We Are All About Family
    Parents and siblings are considered from the moment a child comes to us for treatment. Every service performed for a sick child is extended to their sibling. And whatever the situation, our team is always ready to answer a need with their help.

Each room for every child, from newborn to 21, is private, offering families their own space to share and maximize their time together.

Child life specialists take time to explain illnesses and treatments, providing the family with information and links to resources they can tap into for help or information.

Focused on the children

Child Life Services

Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLSs) focus on the psychosocial and developmental needs of children, collaborating with families and other healthcare providers to:

  • Prepare children for medical procedures or treatment using language that children understand
  • Introduce coping strategies to help reduce anxiety and enhance cooperation with the health care team
  • Provide support and distraction during medical procedures
  • Offer opportunities for play and expressive activities, to encourage normal development and a sense of FUN in spite of challenging circumstances
  • Promote family-centered care by providing information, advocacy and support to families of pediatric patients
  • Through these therapeutic activities, Child Life helps children gain coping skills, minimize stress, promote development, increase self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation.

Providing comfort

Providing Comfort

Chapel & Pastoral Care

The hospital’s chapel is located on the second floor of the main hospital and is open 24 hours a day. Families are welcome to use this room for prayer, meditation or quiet time. Mass is held at 11:30 a.m. each weekday, at 8 p.m. on Saturdays and at 8 a.m. on Sundays.

How you help

Make an Impact

Support for the Within Our Reach, Within Your Hands Capital campaign has already raised $23.3M. Still, there is much to do before the vision for our children can be realized. 

We must raise the remaining, essential $8.2M required to set the future of our children’s healthcare on course.