Specialized Medical Care for Children
While in Alaska Regional Hospital’s Kids Care Unit, children and their families benefit from advanced treatment methods and our team's expert, compassionate, family-centered care. This care model recognizes the importance of family participation in the healing process for children.
Our Kids Care Unit cares for newborns to children up to age 17 who are recovering from serious illness or surgery. The unit is home to a highly specialized pediatric medical staff available 24/7, including pediatricians and nurses.
Each room in the unit is private, providing family and friends plenty of space to take part in the healing process.
Highlights of the Kids Care Unit
- All-private rooms – sleep accommodations at the bedside for a parent/guardian
- Designed to meet the size-specific needs of children
- Staffed 24/7 by experts in pediatric care
- Alaskan animal-themed rooms
- Safe and secure – nursing station is centralized on the unit, rooms are child-safe, visitors are required to check-in before entering the locked unit
Our comprehensive pediatric team of specialized nurses, physicians, and other medical staff have extensive experience and training in pediatric aspects of their field. Pediatric team members include:
- Pediatric physicians and pediatric subspecialists
- Pediatric registered nurses
- Lactation services
- Respiratory, speech, physical, recreational, and occupational therapists
- Case management & social services
- Pastoral care
Our team works together to ensure that your child's needs are met. Because of our experience caring for sick children, we anticipate needs and questions, but also invite you to ask us anything, at any time.
Preparing for Your Child's Stay
Because the thought of a hospital stay may cause fear and anxiety in children, we encourage you to talk to your child in advance of his or her visit. Explaining the reasons for your child’s hospitalization in terms he or she can understand can help ease some initial fears. To stay connected to one's home and family, we encourage children to bring any of the following items that may make their stay more comfortable:
- Favorite stuffed animal or blanket
- Bathrobe and slippers to wear over their hospital pajamas
- A few books or activities to help pass the time
We provide rooming-in accommodations for one parent. If you choose to stay with your child, please bring toiletries, clothes and other essentials. If other family members want to stay in the area, a social worker can provide information on local lodgings and help you make arrangements. We also have a supply of books, toys, and developmentally-appropriate digital games for your child’s use.
Every third Saturday of the month, from 9:00am - 1:00pm, Alaska Regional offers a free immunization clinic for eligible Alaska children up to age 18. All vaccines are available free of charge at this monthly clinic. No appointment necessary, but please bring shot records.
Available vaccines include: Hepatitis A & B, Rotavirus, H. Influenzae Type B (Hib), Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis (DTAp), Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (TdaP), Polio (IPV), Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR), and Chicken Pox (Varicella).
Immunizations should take place at birth, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, and 18 months of age. Click here for Anchorage School District immunization guidelines. For more information about vaccines, call the Alaska Immunization Hotline at (907) 269-8088 or (888) 430-4321.
To contact the Alaska Regional Hospital free immunization clinic, please call (907) 264-1105 or the hospital's main number at (907) 276-1131.