Lemieux Sibling Center

The original concept of Austin’s Playrooms was to create a space for the siblings of children who were receiving medical attention. We wanted families to have the opportunity to tend to their sick child without have to worry about the safety of their well child.

There is no better example of this kind of sibling care than at the Lemieux Sibling Center atChildren’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. In 2008, as part of our $1.6M gift, we created the Lemieux Sibling Center in the main lobby of Children’s Hospital, providing a safe and supportive program for siblings of children receiving inpatient or outpatient services.

The Lemieux Sibling Center encourages brothers and sisters to play and learn in a supervised environment, allowing their parent or guardian to focus attention on the child being evaluated or treated.

The Lemieux Sibling Center is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Reservations and appointments are recommended..

“The Lemieux Sibling Center supports the needs of the entire family all at once. By permitting families to focus on the child being evaluated without the distraction of siblings; detailed conversations between physicians and parents occur undisturbed. Siblings of the patient are supervised in the center by Child Life Specialists who engage these children in age-appropriate activities and therapeutic arts and crafts. This reduces the anxiety and fear siblings experience regarding their brother or sister’s clinic or hospital visit.”

Andrew H. Urbach MD
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Associate Chief Medical Office
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

What Does the Center Offer?

  • A hands-on learning experience to reduce anxiety and fears
  • Age-appropriate activities for children to play out their range of feelings
  • Therapeutic arts and crafts activities
  • An introduction to medical equipment in a positive atmosphere
  • Opportunities to ask questions regarding their sibling's hospital experience and get answers that they can understand
  • Education in a safe, fun and supportive atmosphere

 Who Can Attend?

  • Brothers and sisters of inpatients and outpatients
  • Siblings ages 3 to 12 who are toilet-trained
  • Brothers and sisters who do not exhibit any symptoms of illness
  • Reservations/appointments are recommended. Due to state regulations, walk-ins can be accepted only when space permits.

When is the Center Open?

Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (excluding holidays). Reservations/appointments are recommended.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call the Lemieux Sibling Center at 412-692-5343.

4401 Penn Avenue, Floor 1
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Main Campus
412-692-5343

The Lemieux Sibling Center encourages brothers and sisters to play and learn in a supervised environment, allowing their parent or guardian to focus attention on the child being evaluated or treated.