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Mission, Vision & Values

As the first free-standing pediatric palliative care center in the United States, George Mark Children’s House offers comprehensive, compassionate, life-affirming care to children facing a life-limiting diagnosis. Services are available to medically eligible families regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the highest quality of care and to minimize suffering by addressing the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychosocial needs of the entire family.  In doing so, we strive to achieve the best quality of life possible from the moment of admission onward, through strong collaboration between families, the child's physician(s), and our interdisciplinary team.

Our Vision

Our vision is to make a difference in the lives of children with a life-limiting diagnosis and their families.  We increase access to care by advocating for pediatric palliative care benefits, and by serving as a model to other communities seeking to implement a pediatric palliative care approach.

Our Values

  1. LIFE IS FOR LIVING:  We believe that each child’s life is special, sacred and complete.  We focus on helping children live each day with dignity, freedom from pain and anxiety, and comfort in the love and compassion of everyone around them.
  2. A UNIVERSAL RIGHT TO CARE:  We provide our services to all children and their families regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.
  3. FAMILY-CENTERED CARE:  We treat the whole family – child, parents, siblings, extended family – to help them fulfill their physical, psychological, social and spiritual goals consistent with their personal, cultural and religious values.
  4. OPEN AND HONEST COMMUNICATION:  Every child and family has the right to participate in an informed discussion regarding the care options available, and to choose the most appropriate care based on all information available.
  5. A CULTURE OF SERVICE: Our culture of service dictates that we are responsive and flexible to each child and family’s need for our care and support.
  6. THE HONOR OF DIVERSITY:  By creating and maintaining diversity in the care team, we honor the diversity of our patients, their families, and our community.
  7. CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT:  We continually strive to improve what we do through a commitment to evidence-based care, research and education that informs best practices for pediatric palliative care.
  8. COOPERATIVE PARTNERSHIPS:  We value working together with our partner organizations in the community, region, state, and around the world to develop a network of care that collectively meets the needs of both children facing life-limiting conditions, and their families.
  9. CARE IS NOT TIME-LIMITED: We try to support the family from the time of the child’s diagnosis, throughout their journey.

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What Families Are Saying

The care of our entire family. The care for [our child’s] sibling. There was always something for her to do or someone for her to play with. In addition, she was able to talk to a specialist about her feelings and about death. I just can’t explain what GMCH is really. I can’t say it was a great experience losing our child but GMCH made it better and their after death  programs continue to help us.