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How it all Began

George Mark Children’s House was co-founded by Kathleen Nicholson Hull, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist, and Barbara Beach, M.D., a pediatric oncologist, both from Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland in California. Opened in March 2004, George Mark was named for Dr. Hull’s brothers, Mark and George, who died at the ages of 16 and 30, respectively. Drs. Beach and Hull knew through firsthand experience that losing a child has a devastating and lifelong impact on siblings, parents, extended family, and the family’s community as a whole. Through founding George Mark Children’s House, the founders' aim was to provide comprehensive, compassionate care to children facing challenging medical conditions, and to their families.

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