Other CMC Team Members
Pediatric Social Workers
Working with patients, families, medical and nursing staff, and social service agencies, these professionals help ensure the proper financial, psychological or medical assistance patients may need after discharge.
Teachers from the Hillsborough County School System staff the Cynthia Wells King School in the Children’s Medical Center and work with children in grades K–12 who will miss at least 15 days of school. These teachers coordinate and maintain homebound teaching following hospitalization. They work with local and out-of-county teachers to help patients keep up with their studies.
Child Life Specialists
A Child Life Specialist's goal is to make your child feel more comfortable about being in the hospital. They achieve this through a variety of activities, education and play. Education, support distraction may be provided for patients going to procedures, tests and surgery. Pet therapy, picnics, Yoga, tai chi and movie times are among activities scheduled on a weekly basis to promote a normal play environment and encourage peer interaction (for those who are able).
The Child Life Playroom, located within the Children's Medical Center on 5E before the nurses station, is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted on the playroom doors). Please contact Child Life at (813) 844-4208 regarding any special needs for you or your child.
Dispensing medicine for children requires an expert knowledge of pediatric medications and dosages. Our pediatric pharmacy is staffed by fellowship-trained pharmacists.
The CMC’s dedicated case manager is a liaison between the hospital and insurance companies and participates in discharge planning for patients.
Our patient representatives can answer many questions during your child’s hospitalization. They can be reached at ext. 7249.
Services they provide include:
- Comfort and personal support services
- Assistance with hotel accommodations
- Hospital and community resources
- Notary services for hospital related services
- Answering questions related to hospital rules and regulations
- Patient advocacy
Under a physician’s order, the clinical dietitian assesses patients’ body chemistry levels and develops nutritional programs to promote healing and manage patients' illnesses through nutrition.
This member of the dietary staff helps patients select their meals and personally delivers them. Based in the Children’s Medical Center, the dietary associate is available to provide menus and snacks suited to individual patients’ tastes and dietary limitations, including selections from our Food Court/Cafeteria.