May 26, 2021

Pittsburgh Pediatric Specialty Hospital Wins Award

In recognition of their nine-part video education series Ready. Set. Home!, The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh’s Pediatric Specialty Hospital received a national award from the Society of Pediatric Nurses.


Ready. Set. Home.

Ready. Set. Home. is a nine-part video education series that teaches families how to care for a medically fragile child at home. The Pediatric Specialty Hospital designed the series to reinforce the teaching its nurses provide to families as their children transition from hospital care to home. The videos demonstrate and cover everyday tasks, such as:

    • caring for a central line,
    • changing a tracheostomy tube,
    • nesting with your child,
    • packing your kid kart,
    • traveling with medical equipment, and
    • troubleshooting tracheostomy emergencies.

The videos will be shown to families in patient rooms at the Pediatric Specialty Hospital and will be available on The Children’s Home website by June 2021. A companion binder is in production.

About the Pediatric Specialty Hospital

Originally founded in 1984, The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh’s Pediatric Specialty Hospital provides family-centered care to patients up to age 21 in a home-like atmosphere. It is the only hospital of its kind in Pennsylvania and acts as a transitional setting to bridge between hospital and home for infants, children, and their families.

The hospital includes four units, for a total of 30 available beds, and supports families through education, nesting, the Lemieux Family Center, amenities, and discharge planning.


Their Hospital Team

Their team consists of Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Pediatric Development Specialists, Discharge Case Managers, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Patient Care Technicians. Families are also seen as an integral part of the caregiving team and are encouraged to participate whenever possible.

Financial Help

All hospital patients accepted for treatment receive care whether or not they or their families can pay for it. If the patient has insurance, The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh bills the insurance plan and other organizations that pay health costs. The hospital does not try to collect any unpaid money from patients or families. All patients are automatically qualified for this financial assistance.

More Information

For more information, read this article from Kidsburgh.

Small child with caregiver stands at table with gray clay.