Supportive services

Care conferences

A care conference is a gathering of family members and members of your multidisciplinary health care team to discuss and plan your child's care. Conferences are helpful when care requires intervention by many different specialists, when planning discharge or when coordinating care with community-based resources.

Family support space

Family support space is available within each patient care unit. These spaces include kitchens, laundry facilities, lounge areas and showers.

Child Life Program

The Mayo Clinic Children's Center has child life specialists available to you and your child while in the hospital. To address the individual needs of patients and their families, our Child Life Program offers:

  • Developmentally appropriate information about hospital procedures, including coping and diversion skills
  • Play opportunities and activities to support growth and development, including video and computer games, as well as daily crafts and special evening and holiday activities
  • Education about and support during medical procedures, including "comfort holds" (e.g., hand-holding and embraces) anytime
  • Advocacy for family-centered care
  • Computer and laptops to use during your child's hospital stay


Tutors from the Rochester School District are available for children and teens who will be absent from school for long or frequent periods of time. To arrange for this service, contact Mayo Clinic Medical Social Services.

Spiritual care and meditation

Groves Foundation Meditation Room

Location: Mary Brigh Building, seventh floor

The Groves Foundation Meditation Room was designed around the themes of earth, wind, fire and water. These elements embrace a common humanity. This space is for private and family use.

Saint Marys Chapel

Location: Domitilla Building, first floor

The Saint Marys Chapel dates back to 1903. Both Catholic and interdenominational services are held in this traditional Christian space.

Saint Francis Chapel

Location: Francis Building, fifth floor

The Saint Francis Chapel was designed for private and family prayer. Stained glass windows and warm wood features invite prayer and meditation in a Christian context.

Peace Garden

Location: Outdoors, west of the Generose Building

Using seasonal flowers, native grasses and trees, and flowing waters, the garden invites rest and peace. The words of a Hebrew/Franciscan blessing welcome all who enter.