During Your Visit

When you come to National Jewish Health, you will find that we don't believe in just a 15-minute patient encounter. Your visit here will be different. You will have a Patient Care Team staffed by multiple specialists who work in multiple departments. It is this collaborative approach that gives you (or your child) the best care. Here's some information so you'll know what to expect when you arrive.


In Case of Emergency

Once you have arrived in Denver, if your child needs medical attention before the day of admission or while you are off the National Jewish Health campus, call the pediatric triage area, 303.398.1239, where your child can receive immediate care. Please alert the nurses that your child is here for the Day Program. If your child is having significant breathing problems or other emergent conditions, call 911.


Patient Safety

It is necessary for us to take special precautions to protect all of our patients and families from contagious infections. If you/your child shows any signs or symptoms of infection you/they may be placed in isolation until this can be confirmed by our diagnostic lab. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience, but this is to protect other patients who may have compromised immune systems.


Length of Stay

Patients who live outside the Denver area are generally scheduled for a four to seven day visit, which may require you to stay over the weekend.

The average length of stay for Pediatric Day Program patients is ten business days, but can be longer or shorter depending on your child’s illness and his/her diagnostic needs.


Where to Stay

Day Program patients and one parent/guardian need to stay overnight in the hospital on the day of admission. During your time at National Jewish Health, lodging and transportation is the responsibility of your family to arrange. Please visit the travel information section for a list of local hotels and non-profit facilities that offer special discounted rates to National Jewish Health patients.


Where To Be During The Day

Our patient census varies day to day; therefore, there may not always be a private room for you and your child, but you will have access to the common areas on the unit. We will, however, try to accommodate your needs to the best of our capability. You will be provided with a locker to store your belongings/valuables.


Family Members and Visitors

Certain tests/appointments only allow for the patients and their guardians to be present. If additional siblings are present, additional care givers are required. There is no childcare provided, and all children must be supervised at all times.



Breakfast and lunch are provided for patients Monday through Friday. Parents can purchase meals in our cafeteria to eat with their children on the unit. If you prefer to bring food from off campus, you will have access to a refrigerator and a microwave.

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