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 (over the age of 18) 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. There are Parent Alcoves located on each floor that have both a refrigerator and a microwave for parent use. Each unit also has a separate, small kitchenette for preparing a light snack while you are visiting your child.
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.
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 are several computers available for your use, and a playroom for younger siblings equipped with a variety of toys and games. The Hospital has free Wi-Fi access.
Our 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 microwaves. 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.
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 (including grape juice for Shabbos), and snacks are available as well. The food is restocked regularly. Prayer books, magazines and newspapers in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew fill the bookshelves.
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. We also have a board certified lactation consultant on staff who is available for private consultation. 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 expressed milk. If you have any questions before or during your child's admission, please contact Director of Nursing Education Melissa Shemek.
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 travelling to or from Blythedale, please contact our transportation coordinator, Jim Morris. We have a variety of ways to assist you with getting here. Additionally, many of our parents find our weekly shuttle to a local shopping center especially useful during their child's admission. The video below highlights this service.
Blythedale has a free, on-site parent housing program that is available for extended stays. The house includes five bedrooms, as well as a communal kitchen and dining area. The Department of Social Work has additional information about this program.
There are several hotels located within close proximity to Blythedale Children’s Hospital:
Comfort Inn and Suites
(914) 592-3300 / (800) 444-8888
White Plains, NY
Courtyard by Marriott
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:
Au Bon Pain
White Plains, NY
Valhalla Station Restaurant
White Plains, NY
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.
Greenburgh Multiplex Cinema
Jacob Burns Theater