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Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock (CHad)
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Support Services

The resources listed on these pages can help your family cope with illness, a hospital stay, and the need to make important medical decisions.

Care Pages

Many families find keeping in touch with extended family and friends important during a hospitalization. CarePages and CaringBridge offer families the opportunity to create a personal web page.

Chapel & Spirituality

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) provides a beautiful Chapel as a place of public worship and private meditation. The Chapel is adjacent to the elevator lobby on Level 3 of the Patient Towers. It is open 24 hours a day and patients, visitors and staff are welcome. Chaplains at DHMC are here to help families with their spiritual needs. They provide personal support, crisis intervention, spiritual care and guidance, short-term counseling and connection with local religious communities. To contact Chaplaincy, please call 603-650-7939 or ask your nurse. Visit the visit the Chaplaincy website for more information.

Child Life Program

The Child Life Program focuses on the psychosocial, emotional, and developmental needs of children and the impact that illness, injury, and hospitalization can have on the normal developmental process.

Coping with the Impact of Illness

Your social worker will help patients and families cope with the impact of illness or injuries. A social worker will help you find local resources after discharge in your local community. They also help families access Irving Oil gas vouchers and help you negotiate insurance and financial concerns.

CHaD Family Center - Molly's Place

Molly's Place at the CHaD Family Center offers a welcoming space to provide families with education, unbiased information, and community connections in a respectful, culturally sensitive, and comfortable manner.

Family Lounge

The Family Lounge is located just beyond the double doors to the Pediatric/Adolescent Unit. It is never closed. In the lounge you'll find a vending machine, television, public access computer, and snacks provided by David's House.

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is a non-profit organization that helps young children succeed in school by encouraging doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills, better prepared to achieve their potential.

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