Palliative Care

Palliative Care

The first program of its kind in the nation, St. Mary’s palliative care program has one goal: To minimize discomfort—and maximize the quality of life—for children with a life-limiting or life-threatening illness.

Offered alongside appropriate therapies, our palliative care team works with the other professionals and the patient’s family to develop a plan of care that provides optimum comfort and addresses individual care goals. Additional resources, education and increased staff support are available for both child and family, including religious and spiritual counseling, if requested.

Through specially trained volunteers, complementary therapies, assistance with advance directives and treatment choice guidance, the palliative care program promotes a healing and compassionate environment in the midst of loss.

Patient and Family-Focused Pediatric Palliative Care—With Unconditional Love

We offer pediatric palliative care at any time in the child’s disease progression, not just at the end of life. Using a multidisciplinary, holistic and patient- and family-centered approach, we provide the services the patient and family need—physical, emotional and spiritual.

These services are delivered by an integrated, caring team that includes experienced professionals in medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, rehabilitation, nutrition, chaplaincy, therapeutic activities as well as trained doula volunteers.

Our pediatric palliative care team is there to assist with end of life preparations, remembrance rituals and the grief process through the St. Mary’s C.A.R.E.S. bereavement program.

Contact Information

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children
29-01 216th Street
Bayside, NY 11360

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