Adolescent and Young Adult Unit
More Than “Kid-Sized” Care
Teens and young adults face some of the same health issues as children or even adults. Some of these issues may require your teen to spend time in the hospital. While your teen may have outgrown the children’s hospital unit, he or she may not be ready to share space with adult patients.
Baystate Children’s Hospital’s Adolescent & Young Adult unit is designed to meet the needs of teens and young adults, ages 15 to 21, and their families. Here, they get the special attention they need during the years when they’re no longer children, but not quite yet adults.
Your Teen’s Care Team
Your teen is at the heart of his or her care team, which includes adolescent medicine specialists, pediatric surgeons, child life specialists, nurses, the rest of our medical staff, and of course, you. We work together to create a care plan and put it into action. As key members of the team, we encourage you and your teen to talk to us about any concerns or questions you have with the care plan.
We also understand and respect your teen’s independence. Your teen will receive a private room when possible. Sleep chairs are available if a parent wishes to stay over, but this is optional. Each patient has his or her own television, and can request a laptop or game console at bedside. The unit also features a recreation room where patients can visit with family and friends if they’re able.