Palliative care is provided by a specialized interdisciplinary team, including a doctor, nurse, social worker, and other specialists who work together with your child’s healthcare providers to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is a holistic approach to care that focuses on the child's body, mind and spirit, and also involves giving support to the family.
- Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness.
- Palliative care may be provided along with curative or life prolonging treatment.
Who may benefit from Palliative Care?
- Anyone with a serious illness, regardless of life expectancy
- Newborns, infants, children, and young adults with complex medical conditions including cancer, heart disease, genetic illnesses and disorders related to prematurity
- Referrals to the Palliative Care Team may be made by any family member or staff member.
- The patient’s primary attending doctor will be consulted prior to the first meeting.
- Palliative Care (PDF)
Please contact one of the members of our care team, Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM - 5 PM:
Claire Vesely RN, BSN, CHPPN
Program Coordinator, Nurse
|Purita Mesa, MSW
Phone:510-428-3885 ext. 7235
|Vivienne Newman, MD
For after-hour emergent palliative care needs only, call the hospital operator and ask for the on-call Social Worker to assist you.