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  • Partial Hospital Program


    Michelle Rickerby, MD and Diane DerMarderosian, MD, describe how partnering with parents helps stabilize children with dual psychiatric and medical diagnoses.

    Our partial hospital program addresses the needs of 6-to 18-year-olds with the same range of diagnoses treated on the inpatient unit. Diagnoses may include gastrointestinal illnesses, eating disorders, diabetes, asthma, seizures, pain syndromes, somatoform disorders, and complex presentations needing diagnostic evaluations.

    These children may not require an inpatient stay, but do require a high level of support due to impaired functioning in the home and school settings and/or limited response to outpatient intervention. Some patients may step down to the partial program after a stay as an inpatient, while others at high risk for hospitalization may be able to avoid an inpatient stay by participating.

    The program is located in newly renovated and expanded space in the Potter Building, on the Hasbro Children’s/Rhode Island Hospital campus. Children spend an average of three to four weeks in the program, arriving Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. and leaving at 3:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served. Children receive daily pediatric and psychiatric assessment and treatment.

    Services include:

    • Pediatric and nursing monitoring
    • Individual and family therapy
    • Nutritional services
    • Group therapy
    • Instruction in a skills-building curriculum focused on mindfulness, cognitive and behavioral coping strategies, and healthy emotional expression
    • 90 minutes daily of educational programming, coordinated with home schools
    • Involvement with physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and biofeedback as indicated 

    Our program has a maximum enrollment of 24 patients at any one time. Three separate milieu areas allow us to group patients by age and developmental level.

    For Our Families

    For more information about the Hasbro Children Hospital's pediatric partial program, download our family guide. This requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don't have it installed you can download it now for free.

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