Patients and Families

Children and families are at the heart of everything we do at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. For more than a century, we have served as the children’s hospital at Johns Hopkins, providing compassionate and comprehensive care that supports the individual child as well the entire family, whether you come from around the corner or across the globe. These services and information are designed to assist you while you are trusting us with your child’s well-being.

Visiting Hours

We welcome two parents or care partners 24/7. Other friends and family are welcome to visit between the hours of 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Before you visit, please review our Care Partner and Visitor Policy.

Advisory Councils

Our Pediatric Family Advisory Council along with the Teen & Children’s Council work closely with care providers and hospital staff members to create a better patient and family centered care experience.
  • Family Advisory Council

    Our council comprises over 50 parents and Johns Hopkins staff who work together to create a patient- and family-centered experience.

    2016 PFAC
  • Teen and Children’s Council

    Our goal is to allow children who receive care at the Children’s Center to provide insight and feedback on their experiences and collaborate as partners to create educational resources.

    youth council at the Children's Center

Our Mission and Vision

The mission of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center is to provide patient- and family-centered care in a diverse and inclusive environment, to be a leader in innovative research that leads to prevention and effective treatment of childhood diseases, and to train the next generation of leaders in pediatric medicine.

By promoting a culture of patient- and family-centered care at the Children’s Center, and by providing resources and guidance to strengthen collaboration, communication and mutual respect between the health care team, patients and their families, the members of the Family Advisory Council believe the highest quality outcomes possible can be achieved.

Our Core Values

In the early days of developing an innovative new patient- and family-centered care initiative, we determined that its foundation needed core values or pillars from which we could build and grow activities and programs. In each new initiative, we try to incorporate these values. *Adopted from the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care.

Dignity and Respect: We believe that an essential component of patient- and family-centered care is listening to and honoring patients’ and families’ perspectives and choices. Therefore, we constantly strive to incorporate patient and family knowledge, values, beliefs and cultural background into the planning and delivery of care.

Participation: We encourage patients and families to participate in care and decision-making at the level they choose.

Information Sharing: Only through an authentic and transparent dialogue can patients and families effectively participate in care and decision-making. Therefore, we believe health care practitioners should communicate and share complete and unbiased information with patients and families in ways that are affirming and useful.

Collaboration: We invite patients, families, health care practitioners and hospital leaders to collaborate in policy and program development and implementation, and evaluation of programs ranging from health care facility design to professional education, as well the delivery of care.