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Why a Children's Hospital?

Why a Children's Hospital?

Kids are unique and special. While there are more than 5,000 hospitals in America, only about 250 care exclusively for children. Many hospitals can treat diseases and conditions in children, but a children's hospital treats the whole child.


 We start with the premise that children are not small adults. They have different physical, developmental and emotional needs that require the care of specialists trained in pediatrics. At Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, we have more than 200 pediatric physicians practicing in 50 pediatric specialties and programs.


 There are hundreds of small ways that we deliver child-focused, child-friendly, family-centered care every day. 

  •  We encourage parents to hold children during procedures, when possible, and to accompany their children into the operating room for anesthesia before surgery.
  • Child life staff, specialists in childhood development, are a vital part of the health care team who help children better understand and cope with the hospital experience.
  • Parent-to-parent partnership programs link "already been there" veterans with parents who have a baby in the Neonatal Center.
  • Specially trained dogs provide pet recreation.
  • Private rooms allow parents to stay overnight in comfort. Each inpatient unit is equipped with a nourishment center, and each room has a refrigerator to allow families to stay together during meals and snack times.

All of these initiatives reflect our approach to care, which is simply doing what's best for children.


The best possible health care for kids is health care that's all kids, all the time. That's what we do every day at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 


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