Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

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To help meet the individualized needs of our patients, Connecticut Children’s offers focused care in over 25 specialties. Explore all specialties.

Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders

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In honor of #PalliativeCareWeek, we sat down with Nurse Coordinator Mary-Fran McGeary, RN, BSN, CPHON to learn a little bit more about palliative care, how it helps patients and what it means to be a member of the Sunflower Kids care team.

What is Palliative Care and how can it benefit our patients and families? Palliative Care is about living well in the midst of life-threatening or chronic illness, focusing on the child’s body, mind and spirit, relief of symptoms, pain, and stress. It offers an added layer of support, empowering the child and family an opportunity to identify goals of care. This support is not only for the patient and family but also the primary care teams involved in the ongoing care of the child. Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary team approach, fostering open communication, discussion of fears and concerns. We follow patients throughout their journey both inpatient and outpatient, partnering with community services to coordinate the care with the family.

What is the meaning behind Connecticut Children’s Palliative Care Program name, Sunflower Kids? The Sunflower is the most resilient flower, it can grow and flourish in any soil….much like the resilience of our children and families.

As a member of the Sunflower Kids care team, what have your patients taught you? I learn something from each patient I have the privilege of working with, in the midst of all they are going through. ~ That life is good; that each moment is to be celebrated and lived well. ~Maintaining hope and finding meaning is essential each and every day. ~ About the beauty, wonder and fragility of life.
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