Welcome to Grand River Hospital’s children’s program. We offer a range of acute health care services to meet the needs of young people in the Waterloo Region.
Our services are located at Grand River Hospital’s KW Campus, at 835 King Street West in Kitchener. We have created pages that will tell you about the different services we provide. We encourage you to visit the area that will best suit your needs. Should you have any questions, we invite you to send them to us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
A guide to giving to patients at Grand River Hospital this holiday seasonNovember 16, 2018
During the holiday season, we know many people want to give to children who receive care at our hospital. We offer these ideas so you can make sure your gift makes the biggest impact.
Deb Crann: providing passionate care for children with cancerSeptember 7, 2018
From a young age, Deb always knew her work would someday revolve around children. She began working at Grand River Hospital (GRH) in the children’s inpatient unit more than 15 years ago and now works full time caring for children with cancer.
Care Buddies help two-year-old Alex enjoy his monthly visits to Grand River HospitalAugust 28, 2018
Christena Hudson is grateful for the care GRH's children's program and its clinics have provided for her son Alex. Handed to him by a GRH nurse, a Care Buddies teddy bear has helped make a world of difference in Alex's on-going visits for care.
Story courtesy of Grand River Hospital Foundation, first published in the Waterloo Region Record
Jessica Socha: supporting care and education for GRH’s smallest patientsAugust 3, 2018
For Jessica Socha, her career in Grand River Hospital's children’s program and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is like coming full circle.
Spotlight: safe sleep practices for babies in GRH’s neonatal intensive care unitJuly 17, 2018
Sleeping like a baby takes on a very different definition in Grand River Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). GRH uses the best evidence to care for premature babies whose bodies may not have matured enough to sleep safely without support.
Nancy Jones: providing physiotherapy for GRH’s youngest patientsMay 25, 2018
Nancy Jones has spent 23 of her 36 years in physiotherapy at GRH. She works with the hospital’s youngest patients, providing her skills and support in GRH’s children’s programs and with the neonatal intensive care unit.
GRH first hospital in Waterloo Region to open donor milk bank for babies in neonatal intensive careJanuary 16, 2018
Premature babies in hospital who may not be getting enough breast milk will benefit from a new donor milk bank at Grand River Hospital, a first for Waterloo Region hospitals.
Braden Le Souder: advancing exceptional care in respiratory therapyOctober 24, 2017
Sometimes, the simple act of breathing can be very hard for those in hospital with complex health needs. Thankfully, patients benefit from the skill and care of people like Braden Le Souder and his colleagues.
Cristina Peter: advancing exceptional cancer care for young GRH patientsSeptember 13, 2017
Cristina Peter is eager to share her twin passions of caring for children and providing exceptional cancer care. Cristina is a registered nurse in GRH’s Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) satellite clinic.
New technology improves children’s tonsillectomy recoveryAugust 18, 2017
Grand River Hospital is bringing vastly-improved technology to a childhood rite of passage: having one’s tonsils removed.
New infant warmers support the smallest and most fragile GRH newbornsAugust 3, 2017
New infant warmers are making a difference in Grand River Hospital’s childbirth program and neonatal intensive care unit. The warmers are critical to the hospital’s neonatal resuscitation program.
Tommy Sing: putting young patients firstFebruary 24, 2017
For Tommy Sing, exceptional care is about looking out for someone when they’re at their most vulnerable. Tommy works in both the children’s unit and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after starting his career as a registered nurse at GRH in 2011.
Lisa Brown: gaining skills as a pediatrics CTU residentFebruary 10, 2017
Dr. Lisa Brown could have completed her pediatric residency anywhere. But Waterloo Region was too good to pass up.
Children’s clinical teaching unit provides exceptional care while supporting medical educationFebruary 10, 2017
GRH is hosting 60 medical learners a year in its children’s clinical teaching unit. Clinical teaching units are important in both providing care and bringing the latest in education and research to supporting the needs of patients.
Kristine Grobelny: helping Waterloo Region kids get back to healthFebruary 6, 2017
Waterloo Region's kids are lucky to have GRH registered nurse (and kid at heart) Kristine Grobelny helping them get back to good health.
Isabella Thomson: a social work ‘jack-of-all-trades’February 3, 2017
Isabella Thomson is a problem solver who people can count on to guide them to a “new normal”. She is a social worker in GRH's surgical, childbirth and children's programs.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus leave the North Pole to visit kids at GRHDecember 23, 2016
Some young patients in GRH’s Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario’s (POGO) cancer clinic for children got a special treat today as they spent some time with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The visit happened through “Clarky’s Kids”, a partnership in support of children with cancer with former Kitchener Ranger and current Columbus Blue Jacket David Clarkson.
NICU grad Blake Morton helps this year’s babies celebrate a happy holidayDecember 23, 2016
GRH’s neonatal intensive care unit was there to care for Blake Morton in his early days. That’s why the 17 year old was so compelled to give back to the unit this holiday season.
Mary Louise McNitt: helping new moms establish a breastfeeding relationshipDecember 9, 2016
Mary Louise McNitt brings 30 years of nursing care and extensive experience as a mom together to provide the best support for new moms at GRH.
Mary Thibault: helping make children’s experiences at GRH betterDecember 7, 2016
With her warm demeanor and smile, it’s easy to see why Mary Thibault is such a friend to young patients at GRH. Mary is a child life specialist in the hospital’s busy children’s program.
Fire truck visit helps celebrate the end of cancer treatment for young patientNovember 24, 2016
At the tender age of four, Evan Conway knows he wants to be a firefighter. Evan has shown the bravery needed for firefighting through a more than two year journey with leukemia. He was happy to celebrate as the Kitchener Fire Department brought a truck to GRH’s KW Campus to mark his final treatment for the disease.
Dr. Cecile Davey: passionate about the benefits of breastfeeding for childrenNovember 23, 2016
GRH has passionate advocates for breastfeeding, including paediatricians like Dr. Cecile Davey. Dr. Davey has always had a strong interest and passion for paediatrics – specifically neonatology or the care of newborns. Whether she is providing medical assistance and restoration to a child’s health or providing support for the family, Dr. Davey brings her passion with her each step of the way.
Patti Bambury: providing exceptional care to children living with cancerSeptember 6, 2016
Young patients who receive care provided by Patti Bambury can rest assure that they are being cared for by someone with a wealth of compassion and experience. Patti has been a nurse for over 36 years, beginning her career in the United States before returning to Canada. She now works in the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) clinic at GRH.
Jenn Lambert: expert children’s care with a family touchAugust 11, 2016
If your child has to stay in Grand River Hospital, they’ll have a special friend in registered nurse Jenn Lambert. You might say it’s a family thing.
Registered dietitian Lynn Rogers: supporting families, children and youth in nutritionMarch 16, 2016
Lynn Rogers provides her expertise as a registered dietitian in GRH's childbirth and children's programs.
Dr. Bruno DiGravio: advancing exceptional care at GRH for a quarter centuryMarch 2, 2016
GRH pediatrician Dr. Bruno DiGravio has been dedicated to making a difference for his young patients while building medical education in Waterloo Region.
Children's activity books? No thanks!February 14, 2016
Have you been called about donating an activity book for a hospitalized child? Sorry, we neither need nor use them at GRH...