How To Refer A Patient

Virtual Visit Referrals are Convenient and Easy!

As a health care provider, you’re always looking for the best resources for your patients. If your pediatric patient requires advanced care, that often means referring to specialists.

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and best serve our community, Children’s has significantly enhanced and expanded its Virtual Visit appointment scheduling.. We now have virtual visits available in more than 20 pediatric specialties. Our virtual model offers convenience for your patient families with the ability to see a provider from the comfort of their homes while ensuring safety for patients, families and care teams. When you refer your patients to Children’s, you can be confident they’ll be receiving the safest, highest-quality pediatric care.

Learn more about referring patients to our Virtual Care at:

Call our 24/7 Physicians’ Priority Line 855-850-KIDS (5437) Your 24-hour link to pediatric specialists for physician-to-physician consults, referrals, admissions and transport service.

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Refer Your Patient To Children’s


The physicians’ priority line is your 24-hour link to pediatric specialists at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center for referrals, emergency and urgent consults, physician-to-physician consults, admissions, and transport services.

Call 855-850-KIDS (5437)

As a healthcare provider, you’re always looking or the best resources for your patients. If your pediatric patient requires advanced care, that often means referring to specialists.

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is the only full-service medical center in the state that is dedicated exclusively to treating children. Like you, we know how to communicate with pediatric patients and parents. Our pediatric specialists are current on best practices and emerging treatments for the pediatric population.

When you refer your patient to Children’s, you can be confident that they will be receiving the best care. We believe that all children deserve the highest quality care, so no child is ever turned away due to their family’s inability to pay.

To improve the life of every child — through dedication to exceptional clinical care, research, education, and advocacy

To be a global leader for children’s health

Why Children’s?

When your patient needs specialized care, Children’s is:

  • Home to more than 50 outpatient specialty services
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children’s Hospital in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Orthopedics, and Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders
  • Accredited by the Joint Commision and the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems
  • The only Level IV NICU in Nebraska, offering the most advanced level of neonatal care available
  • Operating 12 outpatient regional clinics in 3 states
  • 1 of only 7 NICUs and 1 of only 10 PICUs in the nation to receive The Gold Beacon Award — the highest recognition possible — for excellence in professional practice, patient care, and outcomes by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Support services, such as child life services, pastoral and spiritual care, educational support, social work, and sibling support to help children and their families with non-medical needs

Specialties At Children’s

Children’s offers more than 50 specialties, including:

  • Bariatric Surgery

    Even though bariatric surgery is more commonly performed in adults, teens who have had the surgery have had impressive results. Many teens lose a significant amount of weight and have improvements in obesity-related conditions, such as diabetes, liver disease, and high blood pressure.

    At Children’s, we only perform bariatric surgery on patients with a BMI of at least 40, or a BMI higher than 35 with another significant weight-related condition, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, or liver disease. We also generally perform this surgery on patients over age 14.

    Learn more about bariatric surgery.

  • Cardiac Care

    When a child is born with a congenital heart defect, it can create complex emotions in parents: fear, uncertainty, resolve, determination. One thing all parents have in common: They want their children to have the best care possible.

    From minor murmurs to major defects, disorders, and diseases, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has the largest and most comprehensive cardiac care programs for both children and adults with congenital heart issues.

    Learn more about cardiology services.

  • Endocrinology & Diabetes

    At our Endocrine Clinic, we evaluate, monitor, and treat children with endocrine disorders, from infancy through adolescence.

    We are the only providers of pediatric endocrinology care within the state of Nebraska. Our team consists of pediatric endocrinologists, pediatric nurse practitioners and physician assistants, nurse educators, social workers, case managers, dieticians, behavioral health specialists, and child life specialists.

    Our Diabetes Education Program is the only pediatric-specific program in the state of Nebraska that is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. This accreditation recognizes programs that meet National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. These standards have been shown to improve results and quality of life for patients with diabetes, reduce hospitalizations, and lower costs of care.

    Learn more about endocrinology and diabetes services.

  • Hematology & Oncology

    Children’s Hematology/Oncology Program is led by the state’s only pediatric hematologists/ oncologists, who are nationally known experts in childhood cancer. They have decades of clinical experience and are involved in national and international research that has led to some of the cancer treatments used around the world.

    Our hospital is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), an organization dedicated to pediatric cancer research worldwide. As a member of COG, our physicians and staff participate in the latest research and treatment protocols.

    Our team is prepared to diagnose, treat, and provide follow-up care for a wide range of childhood cancers and blood-related conditions.

    Learn more about hematology and oncology services.

  • Home Healthcare

    Care for a child’s chronic medical needs doesn’t always happen at the hospital. In fact, they may be able to receive that hospital-quality care right at home, thanks to Children’s Home Healthcare service.

    With Children’s Home Healthcare, patients will still be seen and treated by health professionals, such as nurses and physical or respiratory therapists. Our team can also help set up any in-home medical equipment, manage and administer medication, and provide parents and caregivers with the right tools and training to care for their child at home.

    Learn more about home healthcare services.

  • Neonatology (NICU)

    The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, where neonatology services are delivered, is well-equipped with the staff, technology, and expertise to provide the tiniest patients with the extra-special care they need.

    As the only Level IV NICU in Nebraska, we offer the most advanced level of neonatal care available. We’re able to treat nearly every condition that your newborn baby may have, thanks to our experienced, specially trained medical professionals.

    Level IV NICUs are equipped to handle newborns who may be struggling with serious, complex health issues. Because we are the only Level IV NICU in the state, we often receive referrals from hospitals across Nebraska.

    Learn more about neonatology and NICU services.

  • Nephrology

    Our pediatric nephrologists are board-certified, meaning they have the highest level of training and are especially knowledgeable about the unique needs of children. We are also the only pediatric dialysis center in the area.

    Learn more about nephrology services.

  • Neurology & Neurosurgery

    Neurology at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center treats children with nervous system diseases and disorders. We provide ongoing care and treatment.

    Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in the area that offers neurosurgery by physicians who are fellowship-trained in pediatric neurosurgery. Because of this, Children’s is able to treat patients with the most challenging and unique medical needs.

    Learn more about neurology and neurosurgery services.

  • Pulmonary Medicine

    Children’s is home to the region’s largest and most comprehensive center for diagnosing, managing, and treating pulmonary disorders in children. Our Cystic Fibrosis Center is the only accredited pediatric center in the state.

    We also have the only outpatient clinic in the area that provides full-service diagnostic testing, including exercise and food allergy tests, as well as sweat tests for cystic fibrosis. And we work hand-in-hand with our Sleep Lab and clinic, which is the only accredited pediatric sleep clinic in the state.

    Learn more about pulmonary medicine services.

  • Urology

    At our Urology Clinic, we have the ability to perform many procedures in our office that would normally require anesthesia, such as meatomies (procedures to widen the opening of the urethra) using local anesthesia. This saves families time and money, and avoids risks of general anesthesia.

    We perform robotic surgery in patients as young as 2 months old. Robot-assisted procedures give surgeons the most precise control over surgical instruments, and generally mean a quicker recovery time and less scarring. We use robotic surgery for reimplantation (putting ureters back into the bladder), reconstruction of part of the kidney, and repairing ureter problems.

    Our surgeons are members of worldwide provider networks that connect them to the top surgeons in the world. This allows them to stay up-to-date with the best practices and treatments for our patients.

    Children’s only employs urologists who are board certified in the subspecialty of pediatric urology. In addition to board certification in urology, subspecialty requires fellowship training in pediatric urology and dedication to solely treating pediatric patients. This means that our urologists have the highest level of training and are especially knowledgeable about the unique needs of children.

    Learn more about urology services.

What To Do Next: Referring Your Patient

For Current Children’s Physicians And Physicians From Outside Medical Centers

  • If you are a physician or provider and need to speak directly with a Children’s Specialty Physician (provider-to-provider), call our centralized Physicians’ Priority Line at 855-850-KIDS (5437). This is your 24-hour link for physician-to-physician consults and transport services.
  • To arrange transport to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, call our centralized Physician’s Priority Line at 855-850-KIDS (5437).
  • To schedule an office visit with a Children’s Specialty Physician for a patient, call centralized scheduling at 855-836-5300.
  • For more information about pediatric medical specialties or a particular physician, browse our medical specialties and provider directory.

Physician Connect: Keeping Up With Your Patient

Physician Connect allows you to access your patient information and follow the progress of care for patients you refer.

It is connected to Children’s Epic Electronic Health Record and allows physicians to request lab and image tests for outpatients, request referrals to specialty clinics, and view test results in real time.

Returning users may simply click the “Sign-In”.


First-time users will need to complete the enrollment process. Simply click on the “Enroll Now” and follow the instructions. It can take up to 3 weeks to process your information.

Enroll Now

Please note: Physician Connect is a web-based system for review of patient status, and is a separate tool from the Physician Priority Line, which will remain the tool to reach Children’s with urgent requests.

For Out-of-Town Patients And Their Families

If your patient lives more than 60 miles outside of Omaha, they are still welcome to become a patient at Children’s. Your patient and their family will be able to stay comfortably and affordably at the Carolyn Scott Rainbow House.


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