Inpatient Pediatric Care

St. Mary's takes a comprehensive and compassionate approach to the health and recovery of your child.

Children from newborn to 18 years of age are cared for on our Pediatric Unit and in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for a wide variety of medical services, including:

  • Medical (RSV, dehydration, gastrointestinal, diabetes, infectious disease, etc.)
  • Surgical procedures
  • Trauma services
  • Orthopedic & Rehabilitation needs
  • Oncology needs, including chemotherapy
  • Infusion therapy (IVIG, blood, Remicade, enzyme replacements)

Your Child's Stay

We are dedicated to providing our patients and their families with an exceptional healthcare experience. Below is some helpful information regarding your child's stay with us.

Our Team

Whatever is needed, you can look to our pediatric team for every aspect of your child's health - whether physical, emotional, social or spiritual. Our team on the Pediatric Unit includes physicians, registered nurses and other professionals specially trained to care for our young patients. This includes a registered nurse Child Life Services who is dedicated to easing the fear, stress and apprehension that some children may have during a hospital visit.


For your child's safety, each parent is asked to provide a password. We will release information about your child only to you or designated family members to whom you've given the password in you absence. If your child is under 12 years of age, we will place a HUGS security tag on his/her ankle or wrist. If you have questions about our HUGS security system, please feel free to ask.

Latex and rubber balloons can cause choking in children. For the safety of our patients we do not allow these balloons in the child's room. We do allow children to have foil (mylar) balloons.

Visiting Hours

Parents are welcome to stay 24 hours a day. Siblings may visit until 9:00 p.m., and we ask that visiting brothers and sisters remain in the patient's room while they are here. Short visits are recommended, as younger visitors can become restless and bored. With the exceptions of siblings, all other visitors must be 12 years of age.

For families who qualify, Evansville's Ronald McDonald House is located adjacent to St. Mary's campus.

Personal Items

  • You are welcome to bring small toys from home for your child. Familiar play items can provide comfort and security and may prove helpful in recovery. Please be sure these items are not of exceptional monetary or sentimental value.
  • Diapers, pajamas and hospital gowns are provided.
  • Your child may wear his or her own pajamas if they do not interfere with needed medical equipment.
  • Underclothes and slippers should be brought from home, if needed.

Breastfeeding Mothers

A breast pump is available during your infant's stay if needed. A breast milk refrigerator and freezer are available as well. Lactation Consultants are available if needed.


Playville is a specially-designed area available for patients who are able to leave their rooms. This play area provides play activities from toddlers to teens.

Playville was provided to St. Mary's as a community project sponsored by the Junior League of Evansville. Playville is also used by our staff when working with pediatric patients receiving inpatient rehabilitation.

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