Why A Children's Only Hospital?
Children aren't just small adults. Their bodies are vastly different. That's why there is a special branch of medicine – pediatrics – just for them.
Likewise, Phoenix Children's Hospital is just for children. Only a children's hospital can ensure that every staff member is focused on pediatric care. Radiology staff knows how to calm wiggly children for x-rays. Pharmacy systems are set to alarm if an unusual pediatric dosage is ordered. Staff is trained to recognize and alleviate pain in patients too young to verbalize their discomfort. A nurse who normally works with adults is never assigned to care for children just because there's a staff shortage.
Our patients have given us a lot of good advice over the years, such as:
- ways to make procedures less painful,
- how to make treatment rooms look less scary,
- and how to better respect their privacy.
Phoenix Children's Hospital was the first pediatric center in the country to establish a Children's Advisory Board (CAB), and they made the most of the opportunity. Since its creation in 1995, the CAB has been instrumental in bringing the child's-eye view to the hospital's procedures and facilities, contributing a multitude of suggestions that have consistently deepened Phoenix Children's understanding of what it means to be a hospital geared towards children.
Our new hospital allowed us to act on their suggestions on how a children's hospital should be designed. The result is a uniquely child-friendly environment with bright colors, special artwork and recreation spaces for kids of all ages.
Beyond medical care, the Phoenix Children's staff is trained to care for the developmental, emotional, and physical needs of children. Our nationally acclaimed Child Life program uses specialists who ease children's fears using therapeutic play and other techniques. We coordinate special events and programs that encourage an environment where kids can be kids.
Finally, every child's treatment is designed with their family's needs in mind. Our commitment to family-centered care means that parents can be nearby to comfort their child, whether it's during a test in the diagnostic lab or an overnight stay in their child's room. Treatment plans and doctor's visits are scheduled according to the child's and family's needs.
National studies have shown that pediatric-specific care – medical and emotional – leads to better outcomes in children. From the day Phoenix Children's Hospital opened, we have been dedicated to practicing this special brand of medicine, and to providing the best hope, healing and healthcare for our patients.