Hemby Children's Hospital

Patient programs

Providing distraction, education and relaxation through special programs

Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital provides distraction, education and relaxation by providing a variety of special programs for children of all ages.

To learn more about our patient programs, please contact our child life team:


Pet therapy

Sharing affection with a pet can help during your child’s recovery process by lowering blood pressure and enhancing mood and self-esteem. At Hemby Children's Hospital, we bring certified pet therapy dogs to visit three times a week. Your child can pet a large dog or cuddle a smaller dog in their bed to enjoy the comfort, encouragement and acceptance that animals bring.

For more information about pet therapy or to learn about the certification process for your dog, contact volunteer services at 704-384-4854.

Victory Junction

Hemby Children’s Hospital was the first hospital in North Carolina to partner with Victory Junction to provide their Hospital Outreach Program (HOP) and is proud to offer this fun-filled distraction free of charge to patients. The program brings the magic of camp to children who are in the hospital. Victory Junction staff provides one-on-one visits with patients on a weekly basis, bringing activities such as arts, crafts, puppets, videos and music production. They also offer monthly Camp Days, which are set up in Hemby Theatre and include camper favorites such as bowling, suction cup archery, and campfire games.

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Discovery Place

We are proud to partner with Discovery Place, one of the leading hands-on science centers in the country, to bring science, nature and technology to our pediatric patients and families. Once a month, Discovery Place visits Hemby to conduct age-appropriate science experiments for children of all ages. They have activities for a group setting and they also take the experiments room-to-room for kids who aren’t able to leave their room. Each month’s activity is different and past experiments have included “astronaut adventures,” “dinosaur discoveries” and “micro mania.”

Beads of Courage®

Hemby Children's Hospital is excited to bring Beads of Courage to our pediatric patients and families. Beads of Courage is a national program that partners with member hospitals to help children with serious illnesses record, tell and own their stories of survival through beads, Hemby is the only hospital in the Charlotte area to offer Beads of Courage to our patients. Each colorful bead represents a procedure, hospital stay, treatment or milestone along a medical journey.

All hematology, oncology, cardiology, chronic illness and NICU patients at Hemby can participate in this program free of charge. Each eligible patient is first given a string and beads that spell their name. From there, they are given different beads to represent different procedures and milestones throughout their journey.

To make a financial gift to help serve seriously ill children in our region, please donate online or call:


Dream On 3

Dream On 3 is a charitable organization that partners with Hemby Children’s Hospital to bring dreams to life for children with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities or life-altering conditions who are passionate about sports. Dream On 3 creates personal experiences with children’s favorite athletes, sporting event or sports team. They work with social workers, physicians and child life staff to identify children who need assistance making their sports dream a reality. For more information about Dream On 3, please email [email protected].