During an Inpatient Stay

doctor checking heart of young patient Our inpatient rehabilitation programs are comprehensive, clinically excellent, and offer a highly specialized plan of care for every child. You will be teamed up with a Patient Care Coordinator who will help you during your stay. Here, we aim to provide you with the best tools to help your child and family prepare.

What to Bring

Here is a list of suggestions on what your child should bring:

  • Appropriate footwear:sneakers or flat-soled shoes that completely enclose the foot and have rubber/non-skid bottoms (no flip-flops, crocs, sandals, slides/clogs, high heels)
  • Comfortable, loose-fitting athletic-type clothing:(at least several days worth, especially if no one will be here to do laundry) Clothing that is easy to put on and take off. If the child is in a halo, please provide clothing that fits over the halo, or opens in the front, to avoid having clothing cut to fit over the halo. Please mark your child's clothes and belongings with their name on them.
  • Pajamas
  • Socks /underwear
  • Bathing suit / cover-up
  • Coat or jacket, sweater or sweatshirt (as seasonally appropriate)
  • Basic toiletries: deodorant, body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Items that will help your child to feel more at home:
    • a special pillow or blanket, doll, book or special item
    • some family photos or photos of friends
    • headphones for listening to personal electronic devices
  • A copy of your child’s immunization records
  • A copy of your child's IEP if he/she has one at school

A Typical Schedule

Depending on the child's diagnosis and treatment plan, a typical day would include therapy, meals, extracurricular activities, and time to rest.

Traveling Here

PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on the campus of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. It is easily accessible from all major highways, plus New Jersey Transit trains and bus services. The nearest airports are Newark Liberty International, Philadelphia International, and Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton. For families flying in, please let your admissions counselor know so we can best accommodate.

Visiting Hours

Visiting hours at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital are:

  • Parents and guardians - 24 hours
  • Immediate family (grandparents and siblings) - 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Relatives and friends - 1:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Parents and caregivers may choose to stay in the room with their child. Family lounges, kitchens, and laundry rooms are available. Area hotels, and the Ronald McDonald House across the street, can provide additional accommodations.

Patient and Family Satisfaction

Your feedback is very important to us. During your rehabilitation visit, we hope to provide excellent care and customer service. We partner with Press Ganey, a survey company, to measure satisfaction. You may receive this survey in the mail. We hope you will discuss any concerns with any member of our team, and return the survey when you receive it. We’re aiming for scores of a “high five” on the survey - so let us know how we can best meet your family’s needs!

Patient Stories

  • Dr. Therrien told us he would be there for our family and he referred us to Children’s Specialized Hospital.

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  • “I’m just super grateful,” shares Amanda. “I’m so glad we landed at Children’s Specialized Hospital.”

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  • “I enjoyed Physical Therapy with my Therapist Zack the most!” shares Jayson. “The therapy was always fun. He would have me balance on one leg while we played Uno, we would play catch. It was awesome!”

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