Is your child scheduled for an important consult, outpatient surgery or infusion? Do you need to have a focused conversation with the medical team while also caring for siblings? We understand the stress the entire family faces when a child requires medical attention, and the RMHC Sibling Center is here to help! The Sibling Center was created to reduce stress (and inspire fun!) by providing a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for brothers and sisters of children receiving care in the Children's Pavilion. Siblings of children cared for in our pediatric inpatient units will be enrolled when space permits (ask care team for details). The Sibling Center offers age-appropriate play, arts and crafts and hands-on learning.
Come and playWe look forward to providing an engaging environment for siblings, allowing you to focus on your child's medical care.We welcome siblings who are:
- 3 to 14 years of age
- Fully potty trained
- Current on immunizations
Siblings CANNOT have any of the following symptoms:
- Pink eye
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
The Sibling Center may deny admission if maximum capacity has been reached, disciplinary concerns arise or siblings exhibit any of the symptoms listed above.
Club house rules
Children enrolled in the Sibling Center must remain in the Center or Sky Terrace with a team member at all times.
No food or drink is permitted or distributed in the Sibling Center, but water is available.
Guidelines for parents/guardians include:
- Completing an enrollment form including a health checklist and emergency contact. Forms will need to be updated every 90 days.
- Presenting a government issued photo ID at the time of sign-in to the Sibling Center.
- Remaining on the hospital campus while children are in the Sibling Center.
- Carrying a Center pager in case you need to be reached. Parents/guardians who are paged are expected to call and/or return to the Center immediately.
Meet the team
The Sibling Center is staffed by a team of child specialists with advanced degrees in child development, education or related fields. The team also includes carefully selected CHoR and RMHC volunteers.
Monday - Friday l 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Reservations are not required, but strongly recommended. Please call to reserve your sibling's spot.
Children's Pavilion, Level 1 - Sky Lobby
1000 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Save time by completing the enrollment form before you visit.