Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is a sanctuary of hope and healing.The most advanced technology, coupled with compassion and dedication have made Arnold Palmer Hospital one of the most trusted names in children’s healthcare worldwide. Careful attention has been paid to creating a cheerful, comforting environment to minimize stress and generate smiles.
A Hospital Built Just for Kids
Arnold Palmer Hospital is a 158-bed pediatric hospital facility located in Orlando, Florida, United States. The hospital is part of Orlando Health and is supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation. Arnold Palmer Hospital is the first facility in Central Florida to provide emergency care exclusively for pediatrics. The Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center is part of the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center.
Ranked as One of the Best Children's Hospitals
U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings has been unveiled and includes Arnold Palmer Medical Center (Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies) as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country.
The hospital was ranked among the best in eight pediatric specialties – the most it has ever received. Arnold Palmer Medical Center ranked:
- #41 in cardiology and heart surgery
- #41 in diabetes and endocrinology
- #36 in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery
- #22 in neonatology
- #47 in neurology and neurosurgery
- #17 in orthopedics
- #26 in pulmonology
- #27 in urology
Kathy Swanson, president of Arnold Palmer Medical Center, credits U.S. News’ intensified focus on patient outcomes, nursing quality, and low infection rates for the hospital’s high number of ranked specialties this year. She says “it is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of U.S. News’ Best Children’s Hospitals and this year is even more special because of the number of specialties included in the rankings. We want our families to know they are receiving top-notch care when they come to Arnold Palmer Medical Center, and the rankings validate the energy our team has put into improving care for the children and families of Central Florida over the past 25 years. We are grateful for the work of our amazing physicians and team members because it is their dedication that has allowed us to be recognized as one of the best places for children’s care in Florida and the country.”
Arnold Palmer Medical Center
Together, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies form Arnold Palmer Medical Center - the largest facility dedicated to children and women in the United States. The two hospitals are connected through a two-story connector bridge, allowing easy transport of patients to medical services and efficient sharing of resources between the physicians and clinical staff that provide services to women, babies, and children. This integrated model allows for the optimal delivery of care providing the best outcomes for mother and child. Newborns and premature babies at Winnie Palmer Hospital benefit from access to an array of sub-specialized physicians at Arnold Palmer Hospital.
The Children's Bill of Rights
Arnold Palmer Hospital supports the concept that each patient is an individual and is respected as a person. Each patient has the right to comprehensive, compassionate,family-centered healthcare that will be provided by an interdisciplinary team and directed by the physician. We utilize an approach that provides sensitive and flexible healthcare that respects the developmental, psychological, emotional and social needs of patients and their families.
As part of our commitment to the needs of our young patients, the Arnold Palmer Hospital's Children's Bill of Rights is prominently displayed - and followed - throughout our hospital.
While I am in the hospital, I can expect:
- Time to play each day.
- People to knock on my door before coming in my room.
- Doctors and nurses to tell me their names.
- People to understand that sometimes I need to cry when I'm afraid or hurt.
- My parents to help take care of me.
- People to laugh with me.
- Safe, quiet times during each day.
- People to tell me what's going on and why.
- My room and my bed to be safe places.
- People to let me choose what I want when it's O.K.
- My favorite toy from home to be with me and to go along to surgery and different places in the hospital.
- A hug when I need one.
A Healing Environment for All Ages
Each child's room is considered a safe place where parents may stay with their child. Visiting hours are open in most areas so family and friends may spend as much time as the child's medical condition permits. Child-friendly meals may be ordered from room service at any time based on the child's preference, rather than a scheduled meal time.
In addition to medical professionals, Child Life specialists offer play experiences that promote expression and healing. The Child Life staff can direct you to the playroom that can best meet the needs of your child’s age and ability. There are playrooms throughout the hospital as well as an outdoor play area called PlayWorks, where patients, siblings, and visitors may be able to enjoy some outdoor fun together. Patients who are not able come to the playroom will be included in activities at the bedside by the Child Life staff and volunteers. The specialists are also trained to assist children and families in the hospital by helping to build coping skills, and by providing education about the medical experience. To learn more about the hospital and the people who work here, take a virtual tour by visiting the Kids Zone space.
The Healing Arts Program at Arnold Palmer Hospital is an innovative blend of creative arts and special events which help with the recovery process and further creates a relaxing environment that is “kid friendly.” The Healing Arts Program provides a unique forum where young patients can express themselves using the arts, sing along with musicians, try to discover the secrets behind the magician’s tricks, watch a puppet show, or participate in storytelling. From the hallways, the sounds of the harp may be heard by the patients and their families and specially trained Canine Companions make visits that bring smiles to the faces of all ages. These creative activities can result in the reduction of pain and anxiety, the fostering of group support, and the development of new skills and interests in the cultural arts arena. Participating in the Healing Arts Program helps children and teens focus on positive and uplifting experiences, an important aspect of healing and recovery.
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