In 1998 the Children's Hospital at Providence opened a newly remodeled pediatric center, sub-specialty clinic, Newborn Intensive Care Unit and maternity center to provide state-of-the-art medical treatment for Alaska's newborns, children and their families.
Our family-centered care model provides the highest quality health service in a family-friendly environment that reduces stress and involves parents in every step of care.
In an effort to reduce stress to the infant, child and family, the children's hospital adopted the philosophy and principles of family-centered care.
This philosophy supports families in the care-giving role by building on their unique strengths and viewing parents and professionals as equals by:
- Recognizing and respecting the pivotal role of family in the life of the child
- Exchanging unbiased and complete information to make decisions that are best for the child
- Incorporating cultural diversity into policy and practice
- Encouraging family-to-family support
In addition, the children's hospital provides access to a safe and secure online resource that allows families to keep others updated of the condition of their loved one. Free Internet access in both the pediatric center and the Newborn Intensive Care Unit helps families cope with the challenges and stress of hospitalization.
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