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What to Bring

Bringing What You Need for Your Child

Please review the list below carefully. The first three items are "musts" for everyone:

  • Your child's social security number
  • Insurance card, including the insurer's name and address and the patient's policy number
  • Cash, check, or major credit card--such as Visa, MasterCard, or American Express--to pay for services not covered by insurance. Please call (773) 702-6233 if you have any questions.
  • The name, address, and phone number of the insured's employer--if your child is covered by traditional insurance or managed care (HMO or PPO) provided by that employer
  • Managed Care Referral Authorization--if your child is covered by an HMO or POS Plan and the plan requires a referral
  • Name, address, and phone number of the primary and referring physician--if your child was referred here
  • Medications your child takes on a regular basis--your child's nurse will make a note of them, so you may take them home when your child is discharged

Bringing What Your Child Needs for His or Her Stay

Assistive Devices

Please tell your child's nurse if you child has an orthopaedic device, contact lenses, eyeglasses, a hearing aid, or any other assistive device so the devices can be stored appropriately when your child is not using them.

Personal Belongings

The items you wish to bring are, of course, a matter of personal preference. Below is a list of the items most families find their children need/want while hospitalized:

  • Personal toiletries, such as shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrush
  • Bathrobe, slippers, or socks
  • A favorite toy or other item from home (inexpensive and labeled with your child's name)
  • Books, magazines, or schoolwork for older children

What Not to Bring

The hospital cannot be responsible for personal items, so please do not bring:

  • Expensive toys
  • Jewelry or other valuables
  • Hair dryer or other electrical appliances
  • An irreplaceable favorite item

For your convenience, there is a safe in your child's room. If your child is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, as a member of your care team to put items of value in the hospital safe for you.