An orientation to the hospital can remove the mystery of surgery for kids and their families. We can help make the hospital experience more predictable, familiar and friendly. We highly recommend children scheduled for surgery, especially children ages three to 13, attend a pre-surgery tour. The tour is designed to help children and their families understand the sights, sounds, equipment and routines of the hospital for a positive surgery experience. Children and families are encouraged to ask questions and share their concerns during the tour.
Tours are led by a child life specialist and may include some of the following:
Information on the registration process.
A walk-through of the outpatient surgery area, which may include the playroom, a patient room, operating room and recovery areas.
Education and demonstration of medical equipment.
To schedule a tour contact child life services at 616.267.1983 or email us.