Patient Family Experience

Child Life Month is celebrated every March, honoring the caregivers who go above and beyond medicine for patients and families every day. The members of our Child Life and Integrative Care team play a significant role in both inpatient and › Continue Reading

When your child’s care provider recommends surgery or a diagnostic/imaging procedure which requires sedation or anesthesia, our team of anesthesia experts will evaluate your child and decide on the appropriate type of anesthesia or sedation. While it is common in › Continue Reading

The Hero Design Company is an ongoing ArtWorks initiative started in 2012. Each season, 15 or so design apprentices ages 17-21 are selected to research and design unique superhero capes for children in our community. After meeting and getting to › Continue Reading

Every summer in the Division of Orthopaedics we know to count on one thing: The warmer it gets, the more fractures—or broken bones—we see, and the more casts we apply. That’s because kids are playing outside more (that’s a good › Continue Reading

I’ll never forget how my daughter came to realize the grave importance of sharing her transplant story. Angely was 11 years old at the time and in need of a life-saving kidney transplant. We were waiting our turn at the › Continue Reading

I See You, Mama

I see you, mama. You are smiling at the nurses as you talk to them outside your child’s room, but I see the worry etched across your forehead, the exhaustion in your eyes. I see the weight of your fears, › Continue Reading

Whether your child has received a diagnosis quickly or has traveled a long journey to eventually get one, receiving an eventual diagnosis can bring about a mixture of emotions. On one hand it can be relieving to know what it › Continue Reading

“Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” ~ Truvy Jones, Steel Magnolias When I was cast as Truvy Jones last fall in my first college theatre production, Steel Magnolias – a story about the sustaining power of friendship, sisterhood and › Continue Reading

Ten years ago, it was starting to become clear that my 12-year-old son was not well. At first I’d assumed his string of occasional fevers and complaints of stomach pain were just everyday viruses. However, I soon realized he was › Continue Reading

Below, you will find eight videos that were created in 2015 that you should’t miss. These stories did not find their way onto our blog or other social media channels in the last year, so we wanted to be sure to give › Continue Reading

David Cheung walks onto the inpatient unit in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI) just before 11 on a Monday morning, carrying a bag filled with school supplies marked “Braxton.” He finds Braxton’s room, peaks through the blinds to › Continue Reading

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2015 and ring in the new year, we’ve enlisted the help of some of our Champions patients and their families to help us celebrate. Read on to meet six Champions and learn what they’re › Continue Reading

One day, no different really from any other work day, I happened to be riding one of the employee shuttles at Cincinnati Children’s with a great guy who was a year behind me in residency. I knew he and his › Continue Reading

  Monsters, princesses and a host of other cute characters flooded the halls of the E building this week for two fun days of trick-or-treating at the hospital! Together with members of their care team, groups of patients went trick-or-treating › Continue Reading

Beautiful. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but “beautiful” is the best way to describe the paintings unveiled to families for the first time at the recently opened Portrait of a Soul exhibition. Portrait of a Soul is › Continue Reading

Last Friday we had the great pleasure of watching Casmir Thornberry leave the hospital for just a few hours to give his long-awaited commencement speech as the senior class president at Dixie Heights High School. Three members of our Transport › Continue Reading

Send in the Clowns

Patch Adams had it right. The medical doctor and clown, famously portrayed by the late Robin Williams in a 1998 biopic of the same name, has spent his life showing us just how important laughter, joy and creativity are to › Continue Reading

We planned our family vacation like most parents do. We scheduled days off work, booked flights, made reservations, bought amusement park tickets, and packed our bags. Unlike most parents, we also planned two practices with the help of CVG Airport, › Continue Reading

This is my and my daughter’s second year participating in Patiently Made, and we love it. Patiently Made started last year as a way to have patients, staff and members of the Patient and Family Advisory Council create artwork for › Continue Reading

The tradition of Opening Day is a big deal in Cincinnati. The return of baseball is treated as a holiday and Reds fans celebrate accordingly. So when one local family couldn’t make the celebration downtown yesterday, they brought the celebration › Continue Reading

Parents tell me all the time that their child’s favorite part of his or her stay in the hospital had to do with school. Not missing school, but being in it. “Spending two hours in school with you was the › Continue Reading

A Familiar Place

What was once a very scary and confusing place is now a familiar and comforting place for me and my family. “I know this place like the back of my hand,” my 15-year-old daughter Andi said after telling me where › Continue Reading

I get a little emotional when I think about the amount of pain my daughter was experiencing before she attended the Functional Independence Restoration Program, which is an intensive, inpatient rehabilitative program for kids with chronic pain and disability. Before this › Continue Reading

//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/jbTrbySS3fU The heartbeat is the most basic, beautiful metronome. It is such a powerful, audible representation of life and of the human experience. A mother of a patient once told me, “I’m afraid that I’m going to forget my daughter’s › Continue Reading