Upon entering the Northern California Shriners Hospital, one is immediately uplifted by the eight-story atrium that spirals to the sky. It symbolizes the belief that there are no limits to human potential and provides an inspiring backdrop to the complex, compassionate and comprehensive care that is the hallmark of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Those who enter the state-of-the-art facility are quickly comforted by the fact that Shriners Hospital is designed specifically to serve the needs of children and families, whose needs are embraced by a professional team devoted to treating patients in mind, body and spirit. The needs of the entire family are considered at all times, reflecting the family-centered approach to care.
For patients and families, the hospital stay begins with a warm reception by dedicated staff and volunteers who assist and guide all who enter the hospital to their proper destination. The entire professional team – from doctors and nurses to child life specialists and therapists – work to ease any anxiety and normalize the hospital experience. At every turn, a member of the professional team is ready and available to answer questions and guide patients and families through their hospital stay.
Hospitalization can be a stressful time for both you and your child. Your feelings about the hospitalization can affect your child’s emotions and behaviors, so remember to speak positively around your child when discussing the upcoming stay at Shriners Hospital. Honesty will be important to your child. Be sure to have all your questions answered by your child’s physician. The unknown of the hospital environment can be frightening. By helping your child prepare, you can make the hospital experience a positive one.
Hospitalization can also be a stressful event for brothers and sisters at home. Their day-to-day routine may be altered with the absence of a caregiver. Brothers and sisters may experience feelings of isolation. To ease potential anxiety, please remember to:
Hospitalization can be sudden when your child has been injured. Having little or no time to prepare for the experiences and not knowing what to expect can be overwhelming. Children can experience distress related to unplanned events. You can help your child through this difficult time.