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Kennedy Krieger Institute Inpatient Handbook
Welcome to Kennedy Krieger Institute, where we believe in the potential of all children and are committed to doing everything we can to help them achieve it. Here at the Institute, your child will receive care of the highest quality. Our highly qualified and compassionate staff is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system participate as fully as possible in home, school, and community life, while striving to excel in providing safe and effective care.
Founded in 1937, Kennedy Krieger is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to treating developmental disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disorders, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Kennedy Krieger's interdisciplinary approach to patient care brings together professionals from various fields and departments to create treatment plans tailored to the special needs of each child throughout all stages of care. Meanwhile, our researchers and scientists are leading the effort to prevent and cure these and other disorders. More than 20,000 children and adolescents receive care each year in our 70-bed specialty pediatric hospital as well as in our outpatient, day treatment, community, and home-based programs.
We are committed to providing your child with the safest and highest quality care possible. To ensure your child's comfort and safety during his or her stay -- and to ensure the smoothest possible transition back to home, school, and community life -- we welcome and encourage your involvement throughout your time here, as you are a primary member of your child's treatment team. This inpatient family handbook and accompanying resource guide are designed to give you the information you will need to be an active participant in your child's care.
To view additional chapters of the handbook, please click one the sections below:
- Preparing for the Hospital Stay
- What to Bring for Your Child
- Your Child's Room
- When You Arrive
- Your Child's Safety
- Who Takes Care of Your Child
- Dr. James R. Christensen Therapy Center
- Therapeutic Leave of Absence
- Visitors Are Welcome
- Discharge Day
- For Our Parents and Caregivers
- For Your Convenience
- Finding the Resources You Need
- Financial and Billing Matters
- For Your Safety and Security