Pediatric Support Services | UC Davis Children's Hospital

Support services

Patient-centered care is at the heart of everything that we do. Our support services help patients and their families through their medical journey and ensure that they receive all of the help they need in their healing process.

  • Child life and creative arts therapy services

    Child life specialists, along with music and art therapists, provide bedside medical play and preparations for procedures, offer age-appropriate coping strategies, and accompany children during medical interventions. Play materials are provided at each child’s bedside or in the teen or children’s playroom to encourage typical development while hospitalized.  

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  • Comfort Commitment

    Pediatric procedures can be distressing and the Comfort Commitment is a supportive approach used to maximize coping. This standard of care helps children establish trust with their care teams and creates opportunities for success and mastery. This leads to continued positive experiences with their health care.

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  • Home care services

    The goal of home care services is to shorten or eliminate hospital stays by providing excellent clinical care for children at home. Home care services supports the family’s role in promoting patient health and well-being through individualized education and ongoing support.

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  • Medical social workers

    Pediatric social-services representatives are available to assist your child or your family in coping with the hospitalization. The social worker also can provide referrals to community resources and special programs designed to meet your child’s needs.

    Pediatric medical social workers
  • Pediatric anesthesiology services

    Our board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists provide care to all children who are undergoing scheduled and emergency surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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  • Supportive Therapies and Enhanced Palliative Services (STEPS)

    This specialty service is available from the time of your child’s diagnosis throughout the course of their illness to ensure that your child is as comfortable as possible through their full spectrum of care. The team is dedicated to improving symptoms and quality of life for children with complex medical needs.

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  • Pediatric rehabilitation services

    The Pediatric Rehabilitation Program offers care to children with congenital and acquired neurological and musculoskeletal diseases. Patients are also referred following severe injuries and illness such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, amputation, orthopedic injuries or neuromuscular disorders which result in a loss of function.

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