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Pediatric Hospital Care

If your child needs hospitalization, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse has both Pediatric (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care units (NICU) as well as a dedicated Pediatric unit complete with play areas and Child Life Specialists to make your stay as comfortable as possible, for the entire family.

The Pediatrics and Pediatric ICU rooms provide enough space for you to stay nearby. Just like on the adult units, our Pediatrics Unit and PICU rooms have sofa sleepers or reclining chairs where you can spend the night. On-campus lodging is also available at Gundersen Hotel & Suites. When booking, ask about the patient and family rates.

Additional information

GetWellNetwork: Entertainment and education

The GetWellNetwork is an interactive system that will enhances your child's experience while they're hospitalized and help them be more engaged in their care. You control the system right from the hospital bed using either a wireless keyboard or pillow speaker.

The GetWellNetwork has a number of benefits including:
  • Shorter patient education videos (5-7 minutes versus 30+ minutes).
  • TV, internet and gaming capabilities. Your child (or you) can watch TV, check email and Facebook, surf the web and play games.
  • On-demand Hollywood movies are available at no charge. You can access up to 30 movies and selections will be updated quarterly.
  • The Window Channel provides relaxation videos with ambient sounds and scenes.


Room service

Your child will be provided age-appropriate nutrition during their hospital stay. Patients who are on a regular diet can use room service and order their meal choice directly from Nutrition Therapy.

Families and visitors have several options for meals on the Gundersen La Crosse campus and nearby. Please tell the nurse where you can be reached and when you expect to return if you intend to dine at a nearby restaurant.

Families may also bring in a special meal or have it delivered. If you are planning a meal, please inform the nursing staff.

Guest trays can also be ordered through the nurse if you'd prefer to order room service for yourself. These meals are not covered by insurance and will be included in the hospital bill.

Play areas

Playing can be very therapeutic for children. That's why Gundersen offers a couple options for patients to still have fun while staying in the hospital.

The pediatric playroom has a variety of age-appropriate activities. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again at 1:30 to 8 p.m.

If their physician approves, your child can also play in the Elston Memorial playground that is across from the hospital's main entrance. It includes a play tower, swings and picnic area. Please tell the nurse or child life specialist if you plan to take your child to the playground.

If your child is contagious and is not able to enjoy the playroom or playground, Gundersen child life specialists can provide activities for them in their room.

For more information about hospital stays for children and teens, call (608) 775-3375.

Visiting a child in the hospital

Staying in the hospital can be a scary time for kids, but visits from family and friends can help make it easier. Gundersen encourages visitors. Children of all ages are welcome as long as they are with an adult.

Please keep in mind:

  • Anyone with an infection, such as a cold, or who has been exposed to chickenpox should not visit.
  • Parents and immediate family members are welcome to visit at anytime.
  • Guests can visit between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

For more information call (608) 775-3375.

what to expect

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