Riley at IU Health North Hospital

At Indiana University Health North Hospital, our expert pediatric physicians are fully integrated with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. All of the pediatric physicians are part of IU Health Riley Physicians, and they collaborate to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. Our services include primary care, advanced specialty care and health safety resources.

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health offers Indiana’s most highly skilled network of primary care pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. With primary care offices all over Indiana, we provide more patients than ever access to the pediatric expertise of Riley at IU Health.

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital offers nearly every treatment available at Riley at IU Health, from allergies to appendicitis. Our physicians have expertise in many medical specialties, including adolescent medicine, cardiology, critical care, developmental pediatrics, diabetes/endocrinology, ears, nose and throatgastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics/sports medicine, plastic surgery, psychiatrypulmonology, rheumatology, sleep disorders, surgery and urology.

Patients who require pediatric neurosurgery or pediatric cardiovascular surgery are stabilized and transferred to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, where neurosurgical and cardiovascular surgical experts operate. The Riley Transfer Center works directly with physicians to arrange and coordinate patient transfers.       

At Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital, we follow a service-oriented mission. Patients and their families deal directly with attending physicians on a daily basis.

Our strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine includes extensive research in childhood conditions, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and genetic disorders, enabling us to bring the latest medical treatment options to your child. 

General Medical & Surgical Care

When your child experiences a general medical illness or an injury or condition that requires surgery, the pediatric experts at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital provide round-the-clock care.

Treatments provided include:

The general medical and surgical care unit provides 10 beds and all private rooms.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital is a six-bed center for children who need critical care for a variety of acute and serious medical conditions. Patients may be admitted directly to the PICU, or they may be transferred from the general medical unit. The PICU treats children with acute asthma, diabetes and respiratory conditions.

Newborn Intensive Care Unit

When newborn babies need special neonatal care, the highly trained team of specialists at our Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital is equipped to stabilize, treat and care for patients and their entire family.

The 20 rooms in the Level III NICU are flexible and can accommodate up to 30 patients. The rooms are designed to handle twins, triplets and quadruplets, as well as mom and dad. Some of the rooms adjoin with sliding doors to allow families with multiples to be close together during their stay. Rooms include daybeds, showers, big screen TVs and excellent food for family members.

Child Life Program

The Child Life program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital seeks to minimize the stress and anxiety children often experience in the hospital setting. They do this through the use of therapeutic activities that address the social, emotional and educational needs of both patients and families during their stay.

Why Play is Important to a Child

Through play, children learn socialization, communication and coping skills, while also working towards developmental milestones and practicing emotional expression. We at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North believe in the importance of play, and strive to fill our patients’ lives with opportunities for play during their hospitalization.

The Riley Child Life program at IU Health North provides play opportunities to promote:

  • Continued growth
  • Diversion and distraction
  • Self-expression
  • Freedom of choice
  • Normalization
  • Socialization

Child Life Staff

Child Life specialists are professionals who have educational backgrounds in child life, child health, child development or related fields at the Bachelors or Masters level. Child Life specialists closely work with other medical staff to address the emotional and social needs of children.

Child Life specialists can provide:

  • Medical Play/Preparation
    Helps children learn about their upcoming procedure and correct misconceptions children may have about procedures by using medical equipment. Through play, children are able to practice, step by step, the events of the procedure.
  • Procedural Support
    Helps patients and families use coping skills during the patient's procedure. Through different distraction techniques, Child Life specialists are able to divert the child's attention from their pain and lessen anxiety. Each child enjoys something different, for example: music, books and/or bubbles.
  • Psychosocial/Emotional Support
    Helps both patient and family understand and express feelings about the hospital experience. They Child Life program at IU Health North is committed to providing this support to patients and families to help them cope with their hospital experience.
  • Developmentally-Appropriate Activities
    Provide daily activities, to encourage creative expression and promote a sense of accomplishment. Activities are based on age, ability, interest and needs, and provided in the setting that works best for each patient (at bedside, in a waiting room or in a unit playroom).

Additional Child Life services include:

  • Special art programs
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Community special visitors
  • Therapy dog program
  • Seasonal/event celebrations

Therapy Dog Program

The Therapy Dog Program at IU Health North Hospital is a unique and special component of the caring environment we’ve created for our patients and their families. The dogs that participate in the program bring comfort and love to patients. They also create a pleasant distraction if needed. The volunteer program includes several dogs, one of which is available to visit patients Monday through Friday.

Learn more about the Therapy Dog Program at IU Health North Hospital.

Additional Contact Information

Riley Hospital For Children at IU Health North Hospital
11700 N. Meridian St.
Carmel, IN 46032
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The Riley Hospital for Children Sleep Lab at Indiana University Health North Hospital and several Riley specialists (adolescent gynecology, adolescent medicine, psychiatry, developmental pediatrics, diabetes/endocrinology, infectious disease, neurology) are located across the street from the hospital in Meridian Crossing, Tower Three.

11590 N. Meridian St., Suite 300
Carmel, IN 46032

Main Hospital Number: 317.688.2000

Find a Provider: 317.688.DOCS (3627)

Hematology/Oncology at Riley at IU Health North Hospital: 317.688.HOPE (4673)

Child Life Program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital
11700 N. Meridian St.
Carmel, IN 46032
Get Directions

For more information on the Child Life program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North, please call 317.688.2419.

To apply for a Child Life Practicum at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North Hospital, please complete and return the Child Life Practicum application.