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Welcome to The HSC Pediatric Center!

Welcome to The HSC Pediatric Center!

Welcome to The HSC Pediatric Center tour. We are located in a residential neighborhood in northeast Washington, DC. When you visit us, our entrance takes you into our original building that was built in 1930 and contains our main lobby and outpatient reception areas.

Main Lobby

Main Lobby

This is our inviting main lobby with comfortable seating and a relaxing atmosphere. Families check in at the reception desk upon arrival (please bring your ID with you) and are either issued access cards to their child’s nursing unit, or directed to our Outpatient Center for regular therapy appointments.

Hospital Chapel

Hospital Chapel

Our multi-denominational chapel is tucked away off the main lobby. It provides a quiet retreat for reflection and prayer. We also welcome you to discuss how we can prioritize your spiritual needs with your child’s care team.

Staying At HSC

Staying At HSC

Our staff will work with your family to personalize your child’s room while still maintaining a safe space to provide medical care and patient monitoring. At HSC, parents and guardians may visit at any time, and we welcome siblings during general visiting hours (10am-8pm).

Our Cafeteria

Our Cafeteria

We encourage you to take breaks from your child’s care to eat three meals a day – your child needs you healthy! Parents and visitors may purchase meals (cash only) from the hospital cafeteria, located on the basement level. Vending machines are also located on each floor.

The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden

HSC’s Butterfly Garden, nestled within the walls of the hospital, provides a peaceful retreat for quiet reflection outside on nice days. Our Butterfly Team (palliative care team) decorates the garden with flowers and other special additions to add beauty and tranquility for our families and staff.

Annual Butterfly Release

Annual Butterfly Release

Every year, HSC’s Butterfly Team hosts a remembrance celebration with a butterfly release for families and staff to honor those special patients who are no longer in our midst. A mosaic mural located in the Butterfly Garden is fun and colorful and celebrates their lives.

Outside Courtyard

Outside Courtyard

The outside courtyard is a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors. Hospital cookouts and ice cream socials are held in the courtyard during summer months and enjoyed by both patients and staff on special occasions.

Therapy at HSC

Therapy at HSC

We offer easy access to family-centered therapy and assessments. Whether your child needs a single therapy session or a range of services, our specialists develop a customized care plan. Physical therapy and occupational therapy are often done in our therapy gym, shown here.

Unique Therapy Rooms

Unique Therapy Rooms

We also use a number of areas throughout the hospital to provide individual and group therapy, such as this sensory therapy room. Families are always encouraged to attend and receive training to continue exercises and techniques at home.

Water (Aquatic) Therapy

Water (Aquatic) Therapy

Our trained therapists provide water (aquatic) therapy in our heated pool. The water provides support and helps your child gain strength and coordination in a calming and relaxing place.

Dental Care

Dental Care

Our on-site dental clinic provides easy access to high quality pediatric dental care. We specialize in providing dental care to children with complex health care needs and will also provide care to your child’s sisters and brothers so that you only have to go to one dentist.

Equipment Clinic

Equipment Clinic

Our equipment clinic works to increase your child’s independence through medical equipment (like wheelchairs) and orthotics (an artificial support or brace). Clinic staff evaluate your child’s needs and bring together a team of health care professionals with state-of-the-art equipment vendors to offer one-stop support and services.

Recreation at HSC

Recreation at HSC

One of many recreational rooms located throughout our facility. This bright and cheery room is sometimes used for outside groups to provide entertainment for patients and their families. At other times, sensory therapy, art therapy, music therapy and pet therapy are held in this area.

Outdoor Playground

Outdoor Playground

This wheelchair-accessible playground with developmental activities is located in a shady space where staff and families can provide outdoor time. It is another outdoor activity center for patients, siblings and families to spend time together.

Teen Room

Teen Room

The HSC Pediatric Center also cares for older children and young adults (up to age 21). This space offers them a unique spot within the hospital to relax with their peers, play video games, and enjoy other comforts of home.

Indoor Playroom

Indoor Playroom

An emphasis on play is part of every child’s experience at HSC. Our multiple playrooms offer space for our younger patients to explore their environments, learn new skills, and make friends. It’s also a great place for us to display our beautiful patient artwork!

Family Training Apartments

Family Training Apartments

We have two apartments that families can stay in once they have completed their child’s medical training. Having staff close by to call, if needed, allows families to settle in, bond with their child and independently care for them. Our families tell us that it is reassuring to have a successful apartment stay before they leave the hospital.