The Robert Stone Day Hospital

Blythedale Children’s Hospital offers a specialty outpatient Day Hospital program for children who are able to live at home, but still require a level of medical and/or rehabilitative care that cannot be met by their school or a community outpatient program.

Contact information

Stormie Cahill, RN, Admissions Care Manager

Referral Information

To make a referral to our Day Hospital program, please download the referral form.

Referral Form

About Our Department

The Robert Stone Day Hospital is staffed by board certified pediatricians, including full-time staff in rehabilitation medicine and medical consultation in neurology, pulmonology and orthopedics, as needed, as well as 85 full-time pediatric therapists, respiratory therapists and an experienced nursing staff.

Our Services

Children admitted to The Robert Stone Day Hospital program receive daily medical supervision and nursing care, comprehensive rehabilitation services (physical, occupational, speech and/or feeding therapy) as ordered through the program physician, and education through the Mt. Pleasant Blythedale Union Free School District (UFSD). Children under the age of five receive therapeutic and developmental support through the Hospital's Early Childhood Center and Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy departments.

Following an evaluation by an interdisciplinary team at Blythedale (in coordination with the child’s family and community physician), an individualized treatment plan is developed to address the child’s unique medical, therapeutic and developmental needs. In addition, every child is assigned a social worker to provide family support and case management. Ongoing emotional support and counseling is provided.

Referrals are made to The Robert Stone Day Hospital by hospitals, medical professionals, social workers, schools, parents and community agencies. Blythedale is well-known for its superior outcomes and the ability to help patients achieve their maximum potential and meet their treatment objectives.

  • Board-certified pediatricians including full-time staff in rehabilitation medicine
  • Medical consultations by neurology, pulmonology and orthopedics, as needed
  • Experienced nursing staff
  • Largest hospital-based pediatric therapy department in New York State, with 85 full-time pediatric therapists (physical, occupational, respiratory, speech pathology and feeding)
    24/7 pulmonary and respiratory support (20 full-time pediatric respiratory therapists)
  • School programming at the Mount Pleasant Blythedale UFSD, the Hospital’s on-site K-12 public school district, to facilitate continued education during recovery. Transportation is provided by the child’s home school district
  • Full-day program runs from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Age-appropriate developmental support services provided for children under the age of five to allow for socialization with peers
  • Six full-time pharmacists, including a board-certified clinical pharmacist, providing medication management and administration, in consultation with referring physician
  • Pain assessment and monitoring
  • Adaptive equipment clinic on-site, with specially trained seating and mobility specialists, and expertise in prosthetics and orthotics
  • Comprehensive discharge planning to ensure a smooth return to a community school placement with appropriate medical follow-up in place

The Robert Stone Day Hospital Key Contacts

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Divya Lakhaney, MD

Unit Chief/Pediatrician

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Shaimole J. Kumpiluvely, CPNP

Nurse Practitioner

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Lily Chan, RN, MS, CPNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Violet Humphrey, RN, BSN, CPRI

Director of Nursing

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Stormie Cahill, RN

Admissions Care Manager

Treatments We Support

With the only dedicated post-acute pediatric brain injury unit in New York State - specifically constructed to treat children and adolescents with brain injuries - and our expertly trained clinical team, Blythedale is uniquely positioned to provide the best environment for recovery.

As technology continues to advance, children with special needs are becoming increasingly more integrated into the world around them. Blythedale's comprehensive Assistive Technology program, one of only a few such programs in New York State, is opening doors for these children.

Blythedale is the only specialty children’s hospital in New York State with the capability of providing the highest level of medical care and rehabilitation for children recovering from complex medical conditions, including childhood cancers.

Blythedale’s commitment to the highest level of medical and rehabilitative care, and ongoing integration of the newest cardiac support technologies for medically fragile children, is evident in our Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

As an expert in helping medically fragile children achieve their highest potential, Blythedale is well-suited to help transition a child with multiple complex chronic conditions from hospital to home.

For children recovering from multiple traumatic injuries, extensive orthopedic surgery or complex surgery, Blythedale offers a highly specialized, integrated approach to care.

Blythedale is a center of excellence in treating children with complex burns and wounds. The goal of the complex wound rehabilitation team is to obtain maximum autonomy and functionality while maintaining the optimal integrity of the healing wound or grafts with scar control.

Blythedale is widely recognized as a leader in treating children with rare conditions, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disorders including muscular dystrophy and other myopathies, neuropathies, motor neuron diseases and neuromuscular junction disorders as well as complex genetic syndromes.

At Blythedale Children’s Hospital, a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, pediatric attending staff supports infants, children and adolescents prior to and following complicated transplant procedures including heart, liver, kidney, bowel, and even multi-organ transplants.

Blythedale’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is widely recognized as a national center of excellence due to the Hospital’s extraordinary success weaning fragile infants and children from respiratory support machines for an improved quality of life. Our parent training programs help ensure that caregivers are both confident and competent in caring for their child.

As the only pediatric specialty hospital in New York State, Blythedale Children’s Hospital has the ability to evaluate and treat complex feeding difficulties in children with a team of pediatric specialists who work exclusively with medically fragile children.