When you refer a child to Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, you can feel confident that your patient will be receiving top-notch care from an award-winning institution. We encourage you to talk to the child and their families about the expertise of our Children’s Hospital to make them feel more comfortable and prepared before they arrive.

Why Children’s is unique

Awards and accreditation

The Children’s Hospital is regularly honored for its excellence in patient care, capabilities, and research in U.S.News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals list. Learn more about our other areas of recognition.

Patient and family-centered care

The Children’s Hospital provides patient- and family-centered care - an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is based on partnerships among health care patients, families, and providers. Patients will see this concept reflected in our care teams and in our facility, which offers family-centered amenities such as play areas for patients and siblings and a teen lounge.

Quality and safety

Since formalizing our quality and safety program, we have implemented a number of initiatives to continue to ensure that patients receive outstanding care and are free from harm while in the hospital.

Care coordination

We have processes in place to help referring physicians seamlessly refer a patient, make an appointment or admission, get a consult, request a transfer or transport, and access patient records. Once your patient is admitted, you can track your patient’s progress with our online physician portal.

What to expect

Details can vary depending on the procedure your patient is having, but it may help parents to learn more about how to prepare their child and their family for their visit to the Children’s Hospital.