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How long will my child be at Blythedale?
Each child’s situation is treated individually. We will work closely with you so that your child comes home as quickly as possible. At parent conferences, we will discuss goals, care plan and discharge planning with you.

What is a typical day like for my child?
Each day is a stimulating mix of therapy, medical care, school and recreation. All children receive daily medical and nursing care. Each child will receive physical, occupational and/or speech therapy, as well as appropriate medical consultation based on an individualized treatment plan. School-aged children, who are medically able, attend school on site from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Certified therapeutic recreation specialists provide enriching and entertaining recreational programming from 3:30 p.m. until bedtime, and on weekends and holidays. Pre-school children may also attend specialized pre-school education programs as appropriate.

As a parent, how will I be involved and participate in my child’s care?
Parents are considered part of their child’s care team at Blythedale and we want you to be actively involved in your child’s care and therapy. Team members are available to answer any questions you may have.

What does discharge planning entail?
Our goal is to work closely with families so that their children are able to return home as soon as possible. Discharge planning begins on admission and is a collaborative process between team members and parents. It involves assisting children and families in acquiring the resources needed to be home safely. It involves arranging for services such as medical care, therapy, and schooling, acquiring equipment and supplies as needed, and making connections with community agencies that can provide ongoing help.

Where do patients typically come from? 
Because of the unique and comprehensive array of pediatric programs and services, patients come to Blythedale from across the tri-state region.

What are the visitation hours?
Visitors are welcome from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Who can visit?
Healthy adult family members and friends may visit at the patient’s request. Children under 18 can visit if they are supervised by an adult and do not have a cold or other illness.

Does Blythedale provide transportation for visitation?
Blythedale Children’s Hospital strongly encourages parents to visit their children as often as possible during their hospital stay. In order to help with the travel, Blythedale provides free weekly roundtrip service from several major hospitals. The vans pick up at the following locations starting at 10 a.m. and leave Blythedale at 2 p.m. for the return trip.
  • Harlem Hospital – 10 a.m. pick up
    Main Entrance, 506 Lenox Avenue (135th Street), Manhattan
  • New York Presbyterian – 10:30 a.m.
    3959 Broadway (165th Street near the "Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital” sign), Manhattan


  • Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) – 10 a.m.
    Front Entrance, 3415 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx
  • North Central Bronx Hospital – 10:10 a.m.
    Main Entrance, 3424 Kossuth Avenue (210th Street), Bronx
  • Cohen Children’s Medical Center – 10 a.m.
    (Traffic Circle near valet)
    269-01 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY
  • Brookdale Hospital – 10 a.m.
    Main Entrance, Corner of Linden Blvd. & Rockaway Parkway, Brooklyn
  • New York Presbyterian – 10 a.m.
    3959 Broadway (165th Street near the "Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital” sign), Manhattan
We would like to remind you that all children under the age of 8 years old must travel in a car seat. Please notify your social worker ahead of time if you will be traveling with any child in need of a car seat. Please be advised that any visitor who will only be using the van in one direction must notify the Social Work department in order to guarantee a seat on the van. Please call the Social Work Department at (914) 831-2439 to discuss travel arrangements and any other concerns you may have.

Is parking available?
Yes, parking is available and free at Blythedale.

Can I stay at the bedside?
Blythedale allows one family member to stay at the bedside in many situations.

Does Blythedale have a parent housing program?
Blythedale has a free, on-site parent housing program that is available for extended stays. The Department of Social Work has additional information about this program.

How do I make an outpatient appointment?
You can call the Outpatient Department appointment desk at (914) 831-2434 or 831-2436 to make an outpatient appointment.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?
For inpatient admissions, we require a medical and a social work summary. Day Hospital also requires each child to come in for a pre-admission assessment. Outpatient appointments do not require a medical summary; however, some insurance companies require a referral from a primary care physician. Blythedale staff may ask parents to obtain some medical information prior to their child’s appointment.

Do you accept all insurance plans?
Blythedale accepts many insurance plans. We will work with any insurance plan to try to obtain authorization and payment for services.

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