Your Child's Visit

Use the information below to prepare your child for his or her visit to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh:

  • Preparing for outpatient surgery — find information about admissions, pre-admission tours, what to bring, and other helpful resources for preparing for outpatient surgery.
  • Preparing for inpatient surgery — knowing what to expect during an overnight or prolonged hospital stay may help make the experience less stressful for you and your child.
  • Standard charges — review the Charge Description Master (CDM) File of standard charges for services at UPMC Children's Hospital.
  • Admissions and insurance — review the information about referrals, insurance authorizations, and admissions procedures.
  • Finding your way around UPMC Children's Hospital — use this information to find your way around UPMC Children's Hospital.
  • Video series for parents — a video series to help parents and families better understand their child's hospitalization.
  • Patient procedures — view and download procedure sheets to help prepare a child for surgery or a diagnostic procedure.
  • Schedule online — book in-person and video visits online with many UPMC Children's pediatric specialists.     

Communications Assistance

Support is offered for patients or family members who are hearing-impaired or non-English-speaking, including:

  • Foreign language interpreters
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Listening devices
  • TDD/TTY devices
  • Deaf Talk (video-conferencing equipment providing sign language and foreign language interpreting)

For more information, contact Clinical Social Work at 692-5255 or call the hospital operators at 692-5325 to have the social worker on call paged.

Adaptive Care Program

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Adaptive Care Team (ACT) is a complimentary program dedicated to improving the care and experience for our patients with developmental and behavioral challenges. An adaptive care plan is created to facilitate a more productive healthcare visit. Through a collaborative approach with parents and caregivers we can increase coping, cooperation and decrease stress during a potentially difficult time. We promise to promote safe, sensitive, and individualized care.

Is the Adaptive Care program right for my child?

To participate, a patient must be over the age of 3 years old and diagnosed with a developmental disability or behavioral condition. In addition, the program best supports patients who have a difficult time coping in the medical setting.

Contact Us

For more information about our Adaptive Care Team please email

Additional Resources

Find more information that will help you plan your visit to Children's Hospital.