Our Pediatric Hospice Program -
Gilchrist Kids is a pediatric hospice program. We provide compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life care for infants, children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses. The program also provides perinatal support for parents-to-be who have learned that their unborn child may have an incurable illness. You can find more information in our Gilchrist Kids booklet.
Pediatric Hospice Program
Our pediatric hospice program’s goal is to help children with life-limiting illnesses or conditions “live well” during their last months, weeks and days. Moreover, we provide loved ones with the support they need. Gilchrist provides relief from physical, emotional, social and spiritual suffering. In doing so, we enhance the quality of life for seriously ill children and their families.
Children may continue to receive curative treatments and therapies (ventilator support, chemotherapy, etc.) while receiving hospice care.
Gilchrist Kids’ care is provided to infants, children and young adults with:
- Untreatable infectious disease or blood disorders
- Life-limiting genetic or congenital diseases or conditions
- Cardiac disease
- Respiratory insufficiency
- Progressive neurologic disease
- Life-threatening injury
- Disease affecting multiple body systems
Learn more in our Gilchrist Kids booklet.
Part of Your Journey
Gilchrist Kids In the News
Gilchrist Kids staff and families have been featured on several websites and television programs. Team members and one parent whose child received pediatric hospice care through Gilchrist Kids were invited to be interviewed. They appeared on a segment “To Your Health” and “Greater Living” Facebook Live segments aired via Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC). In addition, a Gilchrist Kids hospice aide and patient’s mother were featured on WMAR-TV in Baltimore. See the videos below.
Kimberly Ross, Gilchrist Kids hospice aide – shares her story on finding a greater sense of purpose after losing a child.
Mary Tiso, Gilchrist Kids clinical manager – dispels common misconceptions about pediatric hospice.
Erin Bull, Gilchrist Kids nurse – discusses “What is pediatric hospice?”
Beth Solomon, child life specialist – explains her role on the Gilchrist Kids team.
Marci Scher, parent – discusses her family’s experience with Gilchrist Kids.
How can Gilchrist Kids help?
Gilchrist Kids provides medical care and emotional, social and spiritual support to improve quality of life.
Where does Gilchrist Kids provide care?
Gilchrist Kids serves the Central Maryland communities of Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford and Howard counties. Care is most often provided in the child’s home or other place of residence. We also offer respite care and acute inpatient care at Gilchrist Center Baltimore.
What services does Gilchrist Kids provide?
Parents who receive news that their unborn child has a potentially life-threatening or life-limiting condition often are faced with difficult choices and may have many questions. They may also be struggling with emotional, social and spiritual issues.
The Gilchrist perinatal hospice team is comprised of experienced health care providers in multiple specialities. In addition, our medical staff “walks with” families during the remaining months of pregnancy. The team helps families celebrate the life of their baby, however long that may be. If the newborn is able to be cared for at home, even for a short time, the Gilchrist Kids team of professionals will help ease the transition. Our team will provide needed support for both baby and family.
Gilchrist’s Perinatal Hospice & Palliative Care program offers:
- Assistance in the development of a birthing plan
- Coordination of care with the mother’s obstetrician and the baby’s pediatrician
- Professional counseling for family members by master’s-prepared, licensed counselors and social workers
- Sibling support through visits with a certified child life specialist
- Assistance in memory making, including hand and footprints and molds
- Spiritual support through chaplain visits
- Identification of remembrance rituals or celebrations that may provide comfort
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