Meeting the needs of children who are ill or injured
Pediatric care — the Grant and Norma Davis ChildLife Center, the Pediatric Therapy Program and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit — at Via Christi Hospital has been developed to meet the unique medical and developmental needs of children who are ill or injured. The care team includes board-certified doctors from virtually every pediatric specialty, nurses, therapists, childlife specialists, chaplains and social workers.
Pediatric Therapy Program includes a specialized team of therapists — audiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists, providing assessment and treatment for infants, children, and teenagers.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is on the third floor of the hospital on St. Francis.
Outpatient specialty clinics offer specialized care for children with many serious illnesses and conditions.
Davis ChildLife Center
The Grant and Norma Davis ChildLife Center at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis is a dedicated pediatrics unit on the fifth floor of the hospital on St. Francis.
We do not consider parents to be visitors. We encourage parents to stay with their child and help with their care. To keep our children safe, the ChildLife Center locks down every night at 9:30 pm, and remains locked until 6 am. If you must leave the ChildLife Center and return during these hours, please ring the doorbell to be readmitted.
Visitors under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All visitors should not have been exposed to a communicable disease or respiratory infection in the past two weeks. These rules may change during flu season.
A family room is available for your use, including a microwave and refrigerator. Complimentary coffee and tea are located next to the nurses' station.
Playroom and teen activity room
These areas are limited to use by our pediatric patients and their families. The teen activity room is designated for patients 12 years of age and older. Both areas must be supervised by the Child Life Specialist or a trained volunteer. A parent or adult supervisor is required at all times while a patient is in the designated play areas.
Patient and family education
The ChildLife Center has patient education material available for your benefit. The pamphlets are located in the area where the coffee and tea are located. If you would like additional information about a specific topic, please ask your nurse.