Family Resources

Parents and caregivers spend a lot of time at Blythedale. We want you to feel at home while visiting your child. 

We have a number of amenities to address your needs throughout your child's stay. Details are listed in the sections below.

A parent or caregiver is welcome to stay at the bedside throughout your child's admission. Each room is equipped with a convertible sleeper sofa, and shower facilities are available.

On each unit of the inpatient building, there are small respite areas that will be helpful to you. A microwave and refrigerator are available for patient and family use on each unit.

We encourage you to take advantage of our amenities for families during your child’s stay. Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your child.

Please click here to learn more about how Blythedale is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including updated visitation guidelines.

If you have any questions about these services prior to admission, please contact Leticia Villavicencio in the Social Work and Care Coordination Services department. Our goal is to make this process as stress-free as possible for you and your child.

Our Family Resource Center is designed to serve as a special place of respite for caregivers and siblings. The Center includes a comfortable sitting area, kitchenette, and dining area to allow for some time away from the bedside. There is a computer available for your use, and the Hospital has free Wi-Fi access. 

Our new cafeteria offers a variety of healthy meal options for you during the week, including evening and weekend service through our meal program. In addition, there is 24-hour access to vending machines and a microwave. Your social worker or patient ambassador can provide you with additional information. To explore other dining options in Valhalla and nearby White Plains, please see below for a listing of local resources.

bikur cholim room

The Bikur Cholim Room is an inviting space where our observant families can enjoy a meal, celebrate Shabbat, or use for quiet reflection. A privacy screen is available for those who wish. The room has a stocked refrigerator available for communal use and a smaller one for personal items. There is also a dairy microwave, a meat microwave, a warming drawer, and a hot water pump. Food, including soups, sandwiches, drinks and snacks are available as well. The food is restocked regularly by Bikur Cholim. Supplies for the celebration of Shabbat, including grape juice and battery-operated candles, are available.

We encourage you to reach out to Bikur Cholim prior to or during your stay if you have any specific questions or requests. The phone number is (845) 425-7877.

In our effort to support our nursing mothers, Blythedale offers a dedicated lactation room. While you are welcome to bring your own supplies, Blythedale has a pump and all supplies available for your use. We have designated storage for a limited amount of expressed milk. 

Parents or caregivers have the option to send their child's clothing out to be laundered. This service is free of charge. If you prefer to do your child's laundry, there are commercial machines on each Unit for your use.

If you have questions about traveling to or from Blythedale, please contact Leticia Villavicencio at (914) 831-2439 or We have a variety of ways to assist you with getting here. Additionally, many of our parents find our shuttle, which runs every other week to a local shopping center, especially useful during their child's admission. The video below highlights this service.


There are several hotels located within close proximity to Blythedale Children’s Hospital:

Comfort Inn and Suites
Hawthorne, NY
Free Breakfast
(914) 592-8600

Days Inn
Elmsford, NY
Free Breakfast
(914) 592-7500

Hampton Inn
Elmsford, NY
Free Breakfast
(914) 592-5680

La Quinta
Elmsford, NY
Free Breakfast
(914) 592-3300 / (800) 444-8888

Residence Inn
White Plains, NY
Free Breakfast
(914) 761-7700

Courtyard by Marriott
Tarrytown, NY
(914) 631-1122

Extended Stay America Suites
118 West Main St, Elmsford, NY

Baymont by Wyndham 
540 Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford, NY 
(914) 592-3300

Westchester Marriott
670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown, NY 
(914) 631-2200


In addition to a deli and a pizzeria within walking distance, and several fast food restaurants on Saw Mill River Road in Elmsford, there are many local restaurants convenient to Blythedale:

Hawthorne, NY
(914) 592-9144

Dunkin’ Donuts
Elmsford, NY
(914) 347-5768

Dunkin’ Donuts
White Plains, NY
(914) 948-1460

Executive Diner
Hawthorne, NY
(914) 592-5415

Pleasantville, NY 
(914) 769-1020

Valhalla Crossing
Valhalla, NY
(914) 682-4076

The Cabin
White Plains, NY
(914) 592-6682

Hawthorne, NY
(914) 347-8220

Hawthorne, NY 
(914) 347-7619

The Sandwich Spot  
160 Legion Dr, Valhalla, NY 10595 ~1.9 mi 
(914) 615-9662

Maxwell’s Pub 
38 E Main St, Elmsford, NY 10523 ~ 1.9 mi 
(914) 347-1646

Abatino's Pizza & Pasta 
670 N Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603 ~3.1 mi 
(914) 686-0380

Rose Hill Deli 
660 Columbus Ave, Thornwood, NY 10594 ~ 3.2 mi 
(914) 769-8293


There is shopping available in nearby Greenburgh, Thornwood and White Plains, as well as several large shopping malls in White Plains. They are easily accessible by car or bus from the hospital.

Movie Theaters

Jacob Burns Theater Pleasantville, NY

meditation space

Our meditation space located on the first floor, across from Social Work, allows visitors a moment of quiet reflection during their stay. Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your child. 

Effective March 29, 2024:

  • Visitation to inpatients has been expanded to allow for three people per patient during our visiting hours of 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and one (who is at least 18 years old) can sleep at the bedside from 10:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Entry is not permitted during the hours of 10:00 pm to 7:30 am. 

  • All visitors will be required to sign in and out with Security every time they enter or exit the building.

  • Any visitor under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Visitors who are 16 years old and older must provide photo ID or entry will not be permitted unless accompanied by an adult with ID.

  • Large gatherings with other family, friends or other patients and families are not permitted within the hospital. This includes shared spaces like the cafeteria, lobby, Family Resource Center. Outside visitation will be limited to a maximum of 6 visitors per patient.

  • Patient rooms are only for those patients and their unique visitors.  Parents and/or visitors of one patient should not enter the rooms of other patients to prevent the spread of infectious diseases between rooms. 

    If you have any questions regarding visitor restrictions, please contact our Social Work department at (914) 831-2439.