About the Inpatient Unit
Patients requiring hospitalization are admitted to the hematology/oncology unit, a 36-bed inpatient ward on the 9th floor of the West Tower building.
The 20-story building’s inpatient rooms are family friendly and use the latest pediatric technological advances. Other amenities of West Tower include: a family services floor featuring pre-teen and teen activity rooms, a business center, library, classrooms, family rooms located on each patient-care floor designed as a respite for parents and families, and large patient rooms, approximately 330 square feet in size.
Completed in 2003, the West Tower captured top honors in the 2003 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) / Houston Chronicle Interior Design Awards. FKP Architects Inc. of Houston earned the first place award in commercial design, health care category, from ASID for its design of Texas Children’s West Tower history-making expansion, which added 15 floors to the existing five-story building.
Patients requiring ambulatory follow-up are subsequently seen in the outpatient clinic. Patients with pain crises can also be treated in the Urgent Care Bay (UCB), a section of the outpatient clinic staffed with a physician and a nurse dedicated to the triage of patients and their treatment.
We understand that having a child in the hospital can seem overwhelming. Our staff and medical professionals are dedicated to providing the very best care for your child and supporting your family every step of the way.
The inpatient unit is located on the ninth floor of the West Tower building (9WT) at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Maps and Directions
Some of the family-friendly amenities of the West Tower include a family services floor featuring pre-teen and teen activity rooms, a business center, library, classrooms and a deli; family rooms, located on each patient-care floor and designed as a respite for parents and families; and, larger patient rooms, increased from 185 square feet to 330 square feet, to provide for more family involvement.
Most patient rooms in the West Tower are private. All patient rooms in the West Tower have been expanded to 330 square feet, nearly double the size of the original rooms. Room amenities include a desk, a safe for valuables, a blu-ray player and visitor daybeds.
Beds. Hospital beds are higher than those at home, so please keep the side rails up for your child’s safety. Your child can control the lights and television or call a nurse with either the control on the bed or the panel buttons at bedside.
Telephones. There are telephones in each room. Local calls may be made by dialing 9, followed by the area code and the number. For operator assistance, dial 0. Long-distance calls cannot be charged to your hospital account. Special telephones are available for hearing-impaired patients and families. Private telephone booths are available on the 16th floor of the West Tower.
Televisions. Each patient room includes a built-in flat-screen television with a blu-ray player. Most rooms are equipped with a video game console. A TV guide can be obtained at the nurses’ station for a listing of programs and channels. Texas Children’s TV is Channel 16. This channel airs programs about Texas Children’s and its patient-care Centers of Excellence. A Spanish version is on Channel 17. General information about the hospital can be found in English on Channel 19 and in Spanish on Channel 20. Radio Lollipop airs on Channel 18.
Internet access. Texas Children’s offers free, high-speed wireless network access — called Care Wifi — that patients and visitors may access from throughout the hospital complex. A business center is located on the 16th floor of the West Tower.
Staying with your child. We encourage parents to play an active role in their child’s healthcare. While your child is at Texas Children’s, we encourage you or a responsible adult to stay with your child at all times. Please ask your child’s nurse for linens and other needed items for your overnight stay.
Sibling visitation policy. Siblings can visit a patient in the patient’s room. However, siblings younger than 14 years must schedule an appointment with the patient’s nurse and see a child-life specialist if the patient is in either of the intensive care units or the Progressive Care Unit.
Preparing for a stay at Texas Children’s Hospital. More information about preparing for a hospital stay at Texas Children’s Hospital.