One of the top priorities of the Child Life Department is the normalization of the hospital environment. When children are hospitalized they often miss out on fun, exciting activities at home. In order to help compensate for this and to simply brighten a child's day, the Child Life Department often schedules special events such as visiting and entertainment groups.
Entertainment, such as a puppet show, a musical performance, or a celebrity/character visit can bring pleasure to a hospitalized child and his/her family. Visits by generous community volunteers who wish to offer their time to spend with patients can make a family feel very special. These visits often include an activity for the patients to engage in, usually an arts and crafts activity, though we are open to any and all suggestions. The visit may be scheduled in an inpatient, outpatient or specialty unit, based on patient need, availability, age, and other considerations.
If you have questions regarding our Visiting Group policies or you would like to schedule a Special Event, you can contact the Visiting Group Coordinator in the Child Life Department at (813)-554-8155 ext. 6.
Special event guidelines and application may be downloaded using the links below.
To submit the application, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to (813)-554-8520, or mail to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa:
Child Life Center
c/o Visiting Group Coordinator
3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607