At Rice we understand that when children are hurt or ill, their care is not the same as when we are treating adults.
Children have a special place at Rice. With state-of-the-art equipment and a staff who are experienced in caring for children, we are able to provide a place where children are comfortable and their families are welcome.
Care and Services
Philosophy of Treatment
At Rice, your child will have access to the latest technology, But we realize that sometimes the necessary technology and procedures are scary and overwhelming to a child. That is why we always take the time to explain each test and procedure in age-appropriate language before it is performed.
We want to make sure your child is made as comfortable as possible while we focus on making him or her feel better.
While we hope that your child’s stay with us is brief, we have worked to create an atmosphere that is as comfortable and safe. We have televisions in every room with videotapes available and even several portable Nintendo© machines. We also have games, books, puzzles, and other playroom equipment that can be brought into your child’s room. And if it eases your child’s anxiety, we encourage you to bring familiar items from home.
Visiting hours are from 11:00am until 8:00pm, but can fluctuate depending upon each family’s needs. We encourage nap time from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.
Many times a parent wants to spend the night and our rooms have a sleep space for you to do that. We ask, however, that if and when you do leave your child that he/she be truthfully prepared for your leaving and return visit. Children need a truthful explanation of why they are being left in the hospital. When you do leave, a nurse will be there to console your child.