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Children's Hospital and The Moyer Foundation Partner to Fund and Sustain Palliative Care and Child Life Programs

September 27, 2004

Palliative Care Program is the first of its kind and provides medical, psychological, social, spiritual and logistical services for children with life-limiting illnesses. Foundation’s gift of $1.25 million establishes the Moyer Foundation Endowment for Excellence in Pediatric Palliative Care.

Palliative Care Program is the first of its kind and provides medical, psychological, social, spiritual and logistical services for children with life-limiting illnesses. Foundation’s gift of $1.25 million establishes the Moyer Foundation Endowment for Excellence in Pediatric Palliative Care.

Children’s Hospital announced that it has created a partnership with The Moyer Foundation with a goal of generating $5 million to support and enhance the work of the Pediatric Palliative Care Consulting Service and the Child Life Program at Children’s.

The Moyer Foundation has generously committed to provide $1.25 million to Children’s to establish The Moyer Foundation Endowment for Excellence in Pediatric Palliative Care and to continue its support of the Child Life Program at Children’s.

“Years ago, when my daughter was facing her illness, it was rare to find a doctor willing to address the issues that the Palliative Care Program at Children’s is designed to deal with,” said Resa Moore, a member of Children’s Board of Trustees and a parent. “It’s such an important part of the process for families dealing with a child whose life is limited by illness. Palliative care supports caregivers and families and ensures that everyone involved can work as a team - it’s an integral part of the family-centered care that Children’s provides.”

In 2002, when the Institute of Medicine issued its report calling the nation to recognize and address the compelling need for pediatric palliative care, Children’s was already ahead of the curve. Children’s began its palliative care program in 1998 and established an ongoing palliative care consulting service in 2001. That consulting service now serves every department at Children’s and has a growing program serving patients of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

“With the Moyer Foundation’s partnership,” said Ross Hays, M.D., director of the supportive and palliative care consulting service, “the Palliative Care Program at Children’s is now solidly prepared to advance its mission to provide national and international leadership in clinical care, education and research in pediatric palliative care.”

“The Palliative Care Program at Children’s fits with our mission to help children and families who are experiencing incredible distress,” stated Karen Moyer, co-founder and vice president of The Moyer Foundation. “We are so impressed with the care that Children’s provides to terminally ill children that we are willing to commit to this innovative program. In addition we continue to support the work of the Child Life Program, which helps children learn to cope with their illness,” added Moyer.

About Children’s Palliative Care Program

Children with potentially life-limiting conditions have needs that often fall outside mainstream treatment and available services. Medical education often focuses on curing disease, not helping patients live with a life-limiting illness.

The biggest challenges, of course, are for patients and families who must confront the unimaginable and work through decisions they never expected to face. Children’s Pediatric Palliative Care Consulting Service is an interdisciplinary team that works with hospital staff and with families to address the medical, psychological, social, spiritual and logistical aspects of care for the child and the family.

Palliative care is often provided from the time of diagnosis and continues through the course of the child’s life.

About Children’s Child Life program

Children’s Child Life Program focuses on the emotional and developmental needs of hospitalized infants, children and teens. Child life specialists help reduce the anxiety associated with a hospital stay by providing education, preparation and support for medical treatments. The Child Life Program also provides opportunities for normal and therapeutic play activities for both patients and families.

About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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