|All Children’s Hospital Guild Announces $900,000 Pledge to Support Palliative Care Program|
The All Children's Hospital Guild has announced a three-year pledge to raise $900,000 to support and enhance the hospital's Palliative Care Program. The Guild's gift will create an endowment to expand and sustain this multidisciplinary program.
"The Pediatric Palliative Care program provides a coordinated, comprehensive and above all compassionate approach to caring for children with life-limiting or potentially life-threatening illnesses and injuries," said Tricia Davidson, Chair of the All Children's Hospital Guild. "All nine branches of our Guild will contribute to this pledge to enable the Palliative Care program to grow so that it can help more patients and their families."
The goal of the Pediatric Palliative Care program is to help children and families live as normal a life as possible and to support them in making decisions about care, while respecting families' choices, values and cultural traditions. The program provides additional services to patients through a team that includes a physician, a nurse, a social worker, a child life specialist, a chaplain and a pain management nurse, who work to support the patient's primary care team by helping to address pain and quality of life, and also provide emotional and spiritual support to patients and their family members.
The Guild's gift will also be used to create a Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship program, an opportunity to offer specialized physician training, enhance medical care and provide needed medical research and education in pediatric palliative care.
"We are very grateful to the All Children's Hospital Guild members for their commitment to this program," said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., President and Physician-in-Chief, All Children's Hospital. "Palliative care services add another dimension to our focus on family-centered care by providing an additional level of compassionate care. In addition, the new pediatric palliative care fellowship will be part of All Children's expanded mission of education and research."
Approximately half of the infants and children hospitalized at All Children's can benefit from some or all of the Palliative Care Team's services, Dr. Ellen notes. "Good palliative care can help all seriously ill or injured children, working with-not instead of-other treatments."
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