Inpatient Resources

A Hospital Designed for Children and Families

At Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, care is delivered in a hospital designed specifically to serve the medical and emotional needs of children and their families. Care takes place in a facility filled with natural light. The open environment facilitates interaction among patients, parents and families and provides a friendly face to a state-of-the-art pediatric medical center built to deliver life-saving, life-changing care for generations to come.

Parent Accommodations

Staying overnight at the hospital can ease your child’s concerns. One adult family member may stay at the hospital during your child’s hospitalization. A chair, bed or rollaway may be placed in your child’s room. The person rooming at the hospital must be in good health and able to care for him/herself. Our care team also works with families to secure overnight accommodations at the Ronald McDonald House or nearby hotels.

Hospital Cafe

Family members are asked to provide their own meals during their stay. The Hospital Cafe, located on the 2nd floor, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, including weekends. There also are vending machines in the 2nd floor Cafe.

Library Services

For many patients and families, the hospital experience is enriched by access to books, movies and other information. If you would like to schedule time to enjoy the hospital library, please contact your care coordinator.

Interpretation Services

A full-time Spanish interpreter is available to patients and families. The hospital arranges for interpreters of other languages on an as-needed basis.

Pet Therapy

A host of dogs, cats and bunnies registered as Shriners Hospital Pet Therapy volunteers provide comfort and affection to all. Contact Volunteer Services to see if there are furry friends in the hospital today ready to pay a visit.

On-Site Public School

A joint project of Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Sacramento City Unified School District, the on-site public school provides bilingual education for preschool through 12th grade. Special programs include vocational education and school re-entry programs for rehabilitation patients.

Central Activity Area

Patients are scheduled for play as part of their daily routine. Structured and unstructured activities take place in the hospital’s Central Activity Area each day. Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life specialists supervise activities that include everything from cards and video games to special performances by the Sacramento Ballet. Patients have an opportunity to benefit in an Art for Life program each month.

Parent Activities

In keeping with its family-centered approach to care, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California organizes activities specifically for parents. Support groups, yoga sessions and dance classes provide positive outlets for parents.


The Security team at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides on-site service 24-hours a day. The security staff will escort you to the parking garage upon request. If you have safety concerns or would like a security escort, please call the security guard at ext. 3000 or visit the main desk in the hospital lobby.


Free parking is available in the Shriners Hospital garage located adjacent to the hospital. The parking garage is monitored by security 24-hours a day.

Make an Appointment

Please call our Referral Center to schedule an appointment, call (916) 453-2191 or via email at A Referral Coordinator will partner with you to gather the necessary information to allow our physician leadership to evaluate the best path for your child.
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