Children (Pediatrics)

Pediatric Inpatient Care

The Pediatric Unit at Greenwich Hospital provides family-centered care in a nurturing and supportive environment.  

Located on the second floor of the hospital across from the Pediatric Outpatient Center, the unit is warm and inviting, with colorful murals and a well-stocked playroom.  Families are welcome and sleeping-in arrangements can be made so parents can stay overnight.  
 
The Pediatric Care Team
The pediatric team includes board-certified physicians and nurses experienced in caring for the special needs of children. Patients have access to experts in a wide range of subspecialties, including neonatology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric urology, pediatric orthopedics, pediatric neurology and pediatric surgery.

Patient and Family Support
Social workers and case managers are available to support and guide families coping with a child’s illness.

Services include:
  • Counseling for children and families
  • Referrals to community  resources
  • Assistance with preparation for a child's return home, including arranging for transportation and post-discharge care  
  • Helping families understand and access their insurance benefits.  Case managers work with all insurance companies including Medicare and Medicaid.
Preadmission
If your child needs to be admitted to the hospital for a procedure you will be contacted the night before by a pediatric nurse. During this call, the nurse will explain what is involved with the procedure and answer any questions you may have regarding preparation for surgery. Specifically the nurse will discuss:
  • When to arrive
  • Where to go once at the hospital (directly to Pediatrics)
  • Eating and drinking restrictions (Your child should not eat or drink after midnight, unless specifically instructed to do so.)
Note: If your child has a cold, fever, or has been exposed to chicken pox, notify your doctor immediately.  The surgery may have to be rescheduled.

Inpatient Visiting Hours
  • General visiting hours are from 12 Noon until 8:30pm.
  • Each child is allowed two visitors at a time.
  • Parents may visit 24 hours a day.
  • Visits by children under 14 must be prearranged with the nurse.
Wireless Internet connection (WiFi) is available throughout Greenwich Hospital. Please be considerate regarding cell phone use.

Discharge
When a child is ready to return home, a case manager works directly with the family to review insurance benefits and make any necessary recommendations or arrangements for discharge.  Arrangements may include transportation, support services, home care, medication management and rehabilitation referrals or placements.

Returning home with a child who may not be feeling well can be stressful. Learn more about how the staff at Greenwich Hospital can help >>

Billing and Payment

Part of the discharge planning process includes helping families fully understand the billing process in order to plan for payment. Case managers work closely with families to clarify their insurance benefits.  

Please note: You may receive separate bills from providers other than the hospital. These may include physicians, such as the radiologist and anesthesiologist, and the laboratory.

Learn more about billing and how to pay your bill online >>

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