In 1969, Memorial Sloan Kettering opened the world’s first Pediatric Day Hospital to minimize as much as possible the number of nights our patients spend in the hospital. Today, we provide about 90 percent of treatment for children and young adults with cancer in an outpatient setting, allowing most of our patients to leave the hospital with their families at the end of the day.
Patients are greeted throughout the day by members of our clinical care team.
The fish tank at the main reception area in the Pediatric Day Hospital looks out on the waiting area and is home to several types of salt water fish.
The exam reception area is a central hub for doctors, nurses, and administrative staff to coordinate appointments for patients.
(Left) Our waiting areas have high-speed internet access and comfortable seating. (Right) Both parents are encouraged to stay in the exam room with their child.
Keeping patients preoccupied while receiving their medical exam is a high priority for Yi-Chi Lin, a nurse practitioner with the neuroblastoma team.
With constantly changing light patterns, the environment of the Pediatric Day Hospital varies from one minute to the next.
Our staff and patients enjoy the sunlight shining through the skylight above the nurse's station in the bed area.
The skylight above the day bed area lets in plenty of sun, and each room has ample seating for relatives and friends.
Each treatment bay in the bed area is equipped with a flat-screen TV, a VCR, a DVD/CD player, and internet access.
With more than 150 daily visits, the Pediatric Day Hospital is a vibrant and lively place, featuring a variety of activities for your child and your family. In the Day Hospital, your child can receive treatment including chemotherapy, hydration, antibody administration, transfusions, and routine procedures performed under anesthesia; this is also where presurgery admission testing and intake on the day of surgery takes place. In addition, your child can benefit from supportive services such as the child life program, pediatric nutritional support, and patient education programs.
We also offer programs to help you and your child cope with the experience of cancer, find comfort and control, and heal in a way that meets your child’s individual needs. These programs include recreational activities, entertainment, and integrative medicine services, such as yoga and massage therapy. In addition, we have specialists who teach music, drama, and creative movement classes.
The Pediatric Day Hospital also includes:
- Physician practice suites, for all initial and follow-up medical exams and consultations
- A day bed area for treatment or observation, equipped with multimedia entertainment, wireless Internet access, and seating for accompanying family members
- The Laura Rosenberg Procedure Suite where procedures such as lumbar punctures are performed using fast-acting general anesthesia
- On-site laboratories and a chemotherapy pharmacy, expediting the return of test results and the administration of medications
A young patient checks out a favorite doll house within our play center: The Monopoly House.
(Right) Though many activities and events take place in the Recreation Center, there is always time for reading or even a nap. (Left) Young patients can activate sound and motion sensors embedded in the feature wall by standing on footprint floor tiles.
For our patients and their families, the Recreation Center is the core of the Day Hospital community.
The teen room, located just off of the Recreation Center, offers the latest technology, video games, and DVDs for our teenaged patients.
Equipped with four video game centers, our Recreation Center gives patients the opportunity play the most recent games from X-Box, Wii, PlayStation 3, and Game Cube.
The feature wall is the visual centerpiece of the Pediatric Day Hospital, separating the play space from the main waiting area.
- Our Recreation Center, staffed by child life specialists and trained volunteers, features many activity areas and daily programming designed with young children and adolescents in mind
- The Lounge — equipped with computers, video games, and a plasma screen TV with surround sound — is a getaway for teens and young adults
- Teachers certified by the New York City Board of Education help children and teens keep up with studies during treatment
- Our Integrative Medicine Service offers individualized bedside programming, including massage therapy, hypnotherapy, guided imagery sessions, creative movement, and other ways to help children find comfort and serenity
- Daily room service in the day bed area with an extensive food menu, as well as a pantry with beverages and snacks throughout the day