Lemieux Sibling Center

At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we’ve thought a lot about our families and we know siblings are important, too.

The Lemieux Sibling Center in the main lobby provides a safe and supportive program for siblings of children receiving inpatient or outpatient services.

The Lemieux Sibling Center will encourage brothers and sisters to play and learn in a supervised environment, allowing their parent or guardian to focus attention on the child being evaluated or treated.


What Does the Center Offer?

  • A hands-on learning experience to reduce anxiety and fears
  • Age-appropriate activities for children to play out their range of feelings
  • Therapeutic arts and crafts activities
  • An introduction to medical equipment in a positive atmosphere
  • Opportunities to ask questions regarding their sibling's hospital experience and get answers that they can understand
  • Education in a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere

Who Can Attend?

  • Brothers and sisters of inpatients and outpatients
  • Siblings ages 3 to 12 who are toilet-trained
  • Brothers and sisters who do not exhibit any symptoms of illness
  • Reservations/appointments are recommended. Due to state regulations, walk-ins can be accepted only when space permits.

Lemieux Sibling Center Guidelines

  • A parent or legal guardian must sign siblings in by completing a brief consent form with a health checklist and emergency contact information
  • The parent or guardian will be given a pager for use in the event they need to be reached by the staff
  • The parent or guardian must remain on the Children's Hospital campus while the children are in the Lemieux Sibling Center
  • Children may be in the Lemieux Sibling Center for a maximum of two hours per day
  • No food or drink is permitted in the Lemieux Sibling Center
  • The staff reserves the right to refuse entry to any child due to room capacity, disciplinary concerns, emotional distress or illness-related concerns.

In the News

Siblings find their happy place at Lemieux Center in Children’s Hospital
Kidsburgh (1/15/2019)

Contact Us

For more information or to make an appointment, please call the Lemieux Sibling Center at 412-692-5343.

Contact Us

To make a reservation or for more information, please call 412-692-5343.

Hours of Operations

  • Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Hours exclude holidays
  • Reservations/appointments are recommended.

Our Staff

  • Kim Mason,
    Child Life Assistant
  • Sherry Rectenwald,
    Child Life Assistant

Additional Information