Information For Parents

From creating comfortable surroundings to providing school work support, the Children’s Medical Center has many valuable resources for parents, patients and families.

Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home for families of children being treated in the CMC.


Lightning Playroom

TGH Lightning PlayroomFurnished by a generous donation from the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, the Lightning Playroom in the CMC gives kids a stress-free place to play and socialize with other children. No medical procedures are permitted in the playroom!


Parent Lounge

Furnished with comfortable seating, a TV, microwave, toaster, coffee-maker and well-stocked refrigerator and pantry, the lounge is a place to relax – not far from your child’s room.



CaringBridge is a free service offered to patients of Tampa General Hospital. This service allows you to create private personalized websites to keep family and friends informed about your child’s hospitalization. The patient or their family maintains this website. To safeguard patients’ privacy, CMC staff cannot set up or maintain CaringBridge websites for patients. Click here for more details about CaringBridge.


Free wireless Internet access

Patients and visitors with wireless-enabled devices can access free Internet service from
the CMC or any location within TGH.



This free referral service will help find a physician on staff at TGH who can meet your needs.

Call 1-800-822-DOCS or click here.


Poison Center

The Poison Center is located on the campus of Tampa General Hospital and is staffed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians trained in toxicology. Based on years of toxicology experience and a computerized database describing over 500,000 substances, they provide advice within minutes for each question or emergency. Certified as a Regional Poison Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the Center provides coverage for 6 million residents in central and southwest Florida and is primarily funded by grants from Florida Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services and the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration.


KIDCare: Sick child day care

KIDCare is a daytime care center for children who must stay home because they are too sick to attend school or daycare. Space is limited and cost is based on a sliding scale rate. KIDCare accepts children who have received their first set of immunizations up to age 15. We do not permit children with communicable diseases, undiagnosed rashes or temperatures of 102 degrees or more, unless previously seen by a physician. Reservations must be made by calling (813) 844-7192 between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Click here for more information


Is your child secure in a properly installed car safety seat?

You can reduce the risk of your child being injured in a car crash by using an appropriate car safety seat and installing it correctly. Click here to visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Web site for more information.

Click here to download this Children’s Medical Center information in brochure format.