What are your rooms for children like?

Medical City Children’s Hospital rooms are designed with kids in mind. You’ll find bright colors, cheerful art and even stars on the ceiling in our spacious, private rooms. All rooms are equipped with a bedside telephone, a color television and a VCR or DVD player, so kids can bring their favorite videos from home or check one out from the hospital collection. A combination bathtub and shower lets parents bathe their little ones with ease. A nearby kitchen is also available to fix their favorite treats, as well as a laundry room to freshen that favorite blanket. And free wireless Internet access is available throughout the facility for our patients and their families.

You can see video of a child’s room in our video tour. Children can also explore the kids and teens visitors guide to learn more about what they’ll find in their rooms.

Are there opportunities for kids to play?

Children can enjoy a break from the hospital routine in our playrooms and teen rooms. These rooms are places just for fun, providing kids a sanctuary from the stress of medical procedures and hospitalization. Playrooms offer planned activities and free play far longer than most hospitals. Children also get to experience the soothing effects of pet therapy, with weekly visits by dogs. Teen rooms offer pool tables, foosball, computers and Microsoft® Xbox. There’s also a video game cart that can be requested by kids in their room.

You can see video of these rooms in our video tour. Children can also explore the kids and teens visitors guide to learn more about playrooms and teen rooms.

What’s the food like?

Say goodbye to cherry gelatin cubes. And hello to City Gourmet, our complimentary, hotel-style room service program. Patients can select their meals from an extensive gourmet menu designed with their dietary needs in mind and have them delivered to their rooms anytime they choose.

City Gourmet is an innovative, individual approach to patient dining:

  • Meals are always on time.
  • Patient determines the service time.
  • Patients always receive their desired selections.
  • Temperature and quality of food are optimal due to on-demand service.

City Gourmet Ambassadors visit all patients and families shortly after admission to present and explain the menu that conforms to the diet prescribed by the physician.

Meals can be ordered from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The Ambassador delivers all patient menu selections within 45 minutes of the order and continues to update and educate patients and families on any diet changes.

The pediatric clinical nutrition team promotes nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle for all infants, children and adolescents by:

  • Assessing patients’ nutritional status.
  • Developing appropriate eating plans and nutritional guidelines.
  • Educating patients and their families.

We optimize the nutritional care of our patients by offering a kid-friendly meal service program that responds to individual patient preferences and needs. A few examples of our menu selections include fresh veggies with dip, macaroni and cheese, steak fingers, grilled cheese, personal pan pizzas and angel food cake and Rice Krispies Treats for dessert.

Download a sample pediatric menu (PDF). Note that menu selections vary according to specific dietary needs.

Where can visitors eat?

Parents and other visitors have a variety of dining options throughout the hospital.

Cafeteria

Our cafeteria, located on the first floor of Building A, is open during the following hours:

Weekdays:

Breakfast: 6:45am - 10:00am
Snacks Only: 10:00am - 11:00am
Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: 2:00pm - 7:00pm - Grill service only

Weekends:

Breakfast: 6:45am - 10:00am - Grill service only
Snacks Only: 10:00am - 11:00am
Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm - Grill service only
Dinner: 2:00pm - 7:00pm - Grill service only

Guest Meal Service

Guest trays for visitors may be purchased for a minimal charge. Please ask the nurse on your floor how to purchase a meal tray for your guest.

Restaurants

There are a variety of restaurant options on the Medical City campus. See the facility map for more information.

Are there any laundry or shower facilities for parents?

Laundry facilities and a parent shower / lavatory are available for your use. Please ask your nurse for the key to these rooms and for linens for the shower.

More information about the wide variety of services available for parents can be found on the Support Services pages.