Choosing the right hospital

January 15, 1991|By Excerpted from In Health Magazine Distributed by Universal Press Syndicate

IF YOUR CHILD must be hospitalized and you have a choice of hospitals, you may want to see which offer:

* Pre-hospitalization tours or other orientation programs

* A Child Life department

* Unlimited parental visits

* Visiting privileges for siblings

* Permission for parents to be with a child during anesthesia

* Support groups or other psychological services for children

* Arrangements for parents who want to stay overnight.

If your hospital does not provide accommodations, see if it has a Ronald McDonald House. There are more than 100 of these homes-away-from-home near hospitals around the country, providing inexpensive or free living space for families who must travel from another city for a child's hospital care.

For information, contact Ronald McDonald House, c/o Golin/Harris Communications, 500 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 200, Chicago, Ill., 60611. The telephone number is (312) 836-7104.

To help parents and children through a hospital stay, the Association for the Care of Children's Health has a host of pamphlets, videos and other information. Contact it at 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 300, Bethesda, Md., 20814. The telephone number is (301) 654-6549.

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