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Pediatric Palliative Care

Pediatric Palliative CareCare Focused on Child and Family

In an ideal world, no child should ever become seriously ill. Yet, sadly, we know this is not always the case. While serious illness is difficult for families no matter what age the child may be, it seems to affect us all more deeply when the patient is a child. Parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends often ask "Why?"  and "Is everything possible being done for my child? "

The goal of Samaritan's Pediatric Palliative services is to:

Reduce your child's pain and distressful symptoms

Involve the family in decision-making and care planning to the degree that they find comfortable

Keep children and teens as  informed and involved as appropriate to their age and developmental levels

Assist families with practical needs by assessing and coordinating community resources, arranging for respite, etc

Provide instruction for family members on effective ways to care for and communicate with their child(ren)

Provide a continuity of care across different care settings both in and out of the hospital

Population Served:

  • Ages 0-18 and their families
  • Families living in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer Counties
  • Children in advanced stages of illness
  • Common diagnoses include:
    • Severe prematurity
    • Congenital conditions
    • Neurological diseases
    • Genetic conditions
    • Cancers
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Traumatic injuries

National Pioneer, Regional Leader

Samaritan is proud to be among the 12 percent of U.S. hospices which provides a pediatric program for babies, children and teens. While ongoing strides have been made nationally to improve end-of-life care among adult patients, there is still much work to do to improve palliative (comfort) care on behalf of children and their families in the United States.

A Community Resource

Samaritan Hospice is an important community resource for information on caring for specialized needs of infants, children, and adolescents. Samaritan offers educational workshops and seminars to schools, churches, health and mental health professionals, civic and community groups. Please contact us for information on:

  • Community Presentations
  • Continuing education for healthcare professionals
  • School curriculum consultation, debriefings
  • Professional field rotations, internships, mentorships
  • Children's Grief Support Services

To find out if Samaritan's Pediatric Palliative Care program is appropriate for your family, speak with your child's pediatrician or specialist or call Samaritan at 1-800-229-8183. Professionals may call our Referral Center or please click here for our Online Referral form.