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Family-Centered Care


We pride ourselves on providing individualized care for each child, depending on their unique needs, and the goals of both caregivers and physicians. Families and caregivers are essential participants in the care and decisions that affect the care of the child.

We provide developmentally appropriate support to brothers and sisters, and support families staying together during their child’s hospital stay.

Child Life Specialists

Our Child Life Specialists are trained professionals who help children and their families overcome challenging events. They provide emotional support for families and caregivers, and encourage optimum development of children facing hospitalization. Our team understands that a child’s well-being depends on the support of families and caregivers, and works with each family to provide the information, guidance or help they need. Learn more about our Child Life Specialists.

Family Advisory Council

The mission of Niswonger Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council is to promote family-centered care initiatives by communicating the unique perspectives of the patient and family to medical staff and hospital administration, and empowering each patient family to become active participants in their child’s care. If you are interested in learning more about the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council, please email

Quiet Time

Quiet time runs from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. During this time, visitors are asked to be in the rooms or in the waiting areas. Lights are dimmed, doors are closed and procedures are limited.