George Mark Children’s House focuses on relieving the suffering, pain and stress of illness for children with a potentially life-limiting diagnosis. Recent evidence shows that palliative care improves outcomes by increasing the family’s confidence in managing care at home, thereby reducing unnecessary emergency department visits and readmissions (Feudtner et al, 2011; Stark et al, 2008; Benini et al, 2008).
The criterion for admission is the diagnosis of a potentially life-limiting illness, or a life-threatening complication of an illness or medical condition. For children with frequent hospitalizations or emergency department visits, or ongoing medical interventions, George Mark can help prevent readmissions, shorten hospitalizations and teach families to safely manage their child’s care at home.
Our interdisciplinary team collaborates closely with families to maximize quality-of-life. The team includes pediatricians, a psychologist, nurses and nursing assistants, social workers, a child life specialist, a pediatric aquatics specialist and volunteers.
We have nine licensed beds, and feature eight beautifully themed patient bedrooms with an extra bed for the caregiver, a private bathroom and a door opening to our lovely gardens. We also have music, art, play and activity rooms, a therapy pool, a non-denominational sanctuary, and a family-style dining room for meals.
As the referring physician, you remain your patient’s Primary Care Provider. Our Medical Director is available and happy to consult with you.