Your Healthcare Team

At Stanford Children’s Health, we partner with you to provide the very best care. As we get to know you, we hope you’ll get to know us, too. Depending on the type of care you need, and where you receive it, you’ll encounter doctors, nurses, and potentially many other healthcare providers with highly specialized skills.

As a teaching hospital for the Stanford University School of Medicine, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has doctors, nurses and health professionals-in-training who may be involved in your child’s care under the supervision of a senior medical professional.

Every member of our team is dedicated to providing family-centered care that nurtures the whole child, including physical, emotional, developmental and social needs. Across our diverse roles,  our goal is the same: to deliver nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes for you and your child.

Here’s a guide to some of the people you may meet during your care:

Doctors

Attending physicians are experienced pediatric and obstetric doctors who lead the team of doctors. They supervise and teach fellows, residents and medical students. Your child is assigned to an attending physician, who has primary responsibility for determining and supervising the course of treatment.

Fellows are physicians who have completed their residency training and are pursuing additional specialized training in pediatrics. Fellows work closely with attending physicians in providing patient care.

Residents/interns
are physicians who have completed medical school and continue in specialized training from Stanford University School of Medicine. First year residents are called interns. All residents practice under the supervision of attending physicians and fellows.

Physician Assistants

Physician assistants (PAs) are healthcare professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. A PA can make medical decisions on their own and provide services to diagnose and treat patients. They may also conduct physical exams, order and interpret tests, write prescriptions, provide preventive health education and assist in surgery.

Nursing

Case managers are registered nurses (RN) who coordinate and manage you or your child's care throughout hospitalization and plan for your child's discharge.

Charge nurses (RN) are responsible for overseeing the nursing care on a unit during a particular shift.

Clinical nurse specialists (RN) and nurse practitioners (RN) have additional expertise in physical diagnosis, psycho-social assessment and management of health-illness needs in primary care.

Nurse managers (clinical operation managers) are responsible for managing the nursing care on all shifts of a particular unit.

Nursing staff are the caregivers who work with physicians and other health professionals. Nursing care is provided to your child around the clock by registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, milieu counselors and nursing assistants.

Unit service assistants provide clerical support to the nursing units and direction to visitors.

Hospital Support Services

Admissions personnel expedite and simplify the admission process by screening your medical and insurance information.

With a focus on spiritual care, our chaplaincy staff participate in an inter-faith, hospital-based program designed to help meet the spiritual and religious needs of patients and families.

Family Resource Center staff help you and your family find what you need in our extensive library. If you are unable to visit in person, we’ll come to your bedside.

Financial counselors assist families with financial matters related to medical care.

Housekeeping ensures that the hospital is clean and neat for all visitors.

Interpreters help you communicate in your first language, or sign language, about medical and other information so we can provide the best care possible.

When it’s necessary to draw blood samples, you’ll see our Laboratory phlebotomists.

Dieticians and nutritionists help prepare a diet for you or your child according to medical needs and ethnic, religious or personal preferences.

Occupational therapists help children with physical limitations become more independent and adapt activities of daily living to their special needs.

Our Patient Relations staff serve as your advocates, can help resolve any problems and provide helpful information.

Pharmacists prepare and distribute medications and provide information on how to use a medication properly, how drugs may interact with each other, and how a drug may affect the progress of a disease.

Physical therapists treat babies and children with acute or prolonged physical dysfunction or pain, with emphasis on movement disorders.

Psychologists help children deal with the normal effects of illness, such as pain and anxiety, and help them find effective ways to adjust to illness and treatment.

Radiologic technologists perform X-rays, ultrasound, CAT scans, MRI scans and other tests to help physicians with diagnosis and treatment.

Recreation therapists use play, recreation, education, self-expression and theories of child development to help normalize the hospital experience and reduce the stress for children and families.

Respiratory therapists are on staff to focus on helping children maintain proper and healthful breathing, as needed.

School teachers are accredited education professionals who help kids in grades K-12 keep up their studies while hospitalized.

Social workers are available for practical and emotional support, and provide referrals to community agencies and other services as needed.

Speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat children with communication challenges.

Volunteers are community members who generously give their time and talents to the hospital.