Mary Bridge Children's Hospital

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Patient and Visitor Information

Hospital Amenities

At Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, we strive to make your child’s stay as comfortable as possible.  


Beds and Cribs
To protect your child, we require crib sides to be raised at all times. If your child is capable of climbing out of the crib, your nurse can provide a safety top. On full-size beds, side rails are also used for your child's safety. Please let your nurse know if you plan to leave the bedside for any period of time. Side rails are used at night for children in large beds. These measures help ensure your child's safety while they are in an unfamiliar environment.

Bathrooms
The bathroom in your child's room may be used by family members. Other public restrooms are also available on each floor. Please be considerate if your child's bathroom is shared with another patient.


Chaplain Services
Patients and families can meet with a non-denominational hospital chaplain for counseling and spiritual support. Your own clergy is also welcome to visit at any time. If you would like a pastoral visit, please ask your nurse to contact the chaplain or call 253-403-3209. The non-denominational chapel is located on the forth floor near the surgery waiting area and is available to you 24 hours a day.


Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center is located on the sixth floor. Adults can be close to their children and continue their business life as well. The computer can also be used by children in completing their homework during their hospitalization.


Families Staying Overnight
You are encouraged to stay overnight with your child. A chair bed is available for a parent to sleep at the bedside in all patient rooms on the medical-surgical floors. Space in your child's room will accommodate one adult at a time. Linens are provided for the chair bed. Your nurse will assist you in getting settled.

Nearby accommodations are available for families with children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and families that are from out of town. Ask your nurse to contact a social worker, who can assist in marking these arrangements for you.


Fun for Kids
Having fun and playing is important for kids in the hospital. Child life specialists and volunteers provide activities to offer relief from the stress many children experience while in the hospital. Playrooms are available on the sixth and seventh floors for patients and their families. Children must always be accompanied by an adult when in the playrooms.

Gift Shop
The Mary Bridge Gift Shop is located just inside the hospital's main entrance and is operated by the Tacoma Orthopedic Association. The Mary Bridge Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 7pm, and Sunday noon to 7pm. Toys, candy, flowers, and small personal items are available.

For your child's health and safety, some patient care areas have restrictions on flowers and gifts. For example, because of severe reactions to latex allergies, plastic or rubber balloons cannot be allowed in the hospital. Balloons made of foil-like material, such as mylar, are acceptable and can be purchased at the Mary Bridge Gift Shop or Tacoma General Gift Shop. Visit our online gift shop

Information Desk
Staff and volunteers are located at the Information Desk, just inside the main entrance on the third floor. They are available to help locate patients, staff, and departments. Information about buses, taxis, and other transportation also is available here.

Mail
Your child will enjoy receiving mail while staying in the hospital. Mail addressed to your child should include his/her full name and room number. Mail that arrives after your child leaves the hospital will be forwarded to your home.

Massage Therapy
We are happy to offer a full range of massage techniques including Swedish, therapeutic, trigger point therapy, reflexology and seated massage just to name a few. Massage therapy is available 9am to 7pm, Monday through Friday. With advance notice, our therapists are available until 9pm, 7 days a week. Please call 253-403-4526 to schedule an appointment.

Parking
Free valet parking is available at the main hospital entrance on Martin Luther King Jr. Way and at the emergency department entrance on J Street.

Additional parking for patients and visitors is available in the Baker Center Garage across from the main entrance of the hospital on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. This is validated parking free of charge for the first two hours. Your ticket can be validated at the main information desk.

Free parking with no time limit is available in the Fifth Street Garage also located on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

If your vehicle is over six feet eleven inches high, contact Security Dispatch Center at 403-1013 for access to another lot that will accommodate you. RV parking is also available. Please call ahead to our Security Reception at 403-1182 to make arrangements. Please be sure to lock your car. If for some reason you need assistance with your vehicle, please call the Security Dispatch center at 403-1013.


Telephones
Telephones can be found in each patient room. For collect, credit card or local calls outside the hospital, press “9” before dialing the number. To reach a patient's room from outside the hospital, call the information desk at 253-403-1622 or the hospital operator at 253-403-1400, and you will be transferred to the patient's room. Due to interference with medical equipment, cellular phones may not be used in hospital buildings.

A TDD/TTY is available for your use by asking for the service from your nurse. She will have the phone delivered to your child's room for your use throughout your stay with us.

Televisions
Televisions are provided in each patient room. If you are sharing a room, please be considerate of others when adjusting the volume of your TV.


Toys and Other Personal Items
Your child's toys, games, stuffed animals, and other personal items are welcome. Please label all toys, video games or movies with your child's name. Please keep in mind the hospital cannot assume any responsibility for any item you bring into the hospital.