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Palliative Care

Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers Palliative Care Services to children and families either in the hospital or in their homes with the goal of helping patients achieve the best possible quality of life. We are a team of experts that provides your family with support, counseling, and world-class care. The team is purposely an add-on service, in addition to your child’s current health care team, to ensure that your child receives the necessary care and comfort when faced with a life–threatening and/or life-limiting condition. Our team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and chaplains to provide both palliative and hospice care depending upon the needs of the patients and families.

If you would like to contact Palliative Care, please call:

  • Inpatient Palliative Care: (614) 722-3710
  • Home-Based Palliative Care: (614) 355-1100

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is the medical specialty that provides medical, psychosocial, and spiritual support to patients with life-threatening conditions and their families.  Palliative care is designed to work alongside your primary medical team and specialists to assist in understanding and choosing medications, surgeries, and therapies with the hope of cure or extending the length of a child’s life. We seek to ensure that patients and families feels knowledgeable about treatments being offered and that the treatment plan chosen accurately reflects the concerns and needs of the patient and his or her family.  This may include helping with pain control or other symptoms, providing spiritual support during a difficult day, or it may mean openly discussing what the  benefits and burdens of a therapy include so that a patient and family feels maximally educated and supported when making a decision.

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a medical specialty that provides symptom management, emotional support, and spiritual support to patients receiving end of life care and their families. Palliative Care is NOT Hospice Care.

We know the two terms can be confusing.  Pediatric palliative care can begin at any time – from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.  Our care can be delivered alongside curative treatments.  Although prognosis can sometimes be uncertain, our teams are available to help guide and support your family through the journey, no matter the outcome.  Every child is unique, and we may every effort to ensure that his or her care reflects the individualized care your family deserves.

Learn more about our Hospice Care Program.

Frequently Asked Questions


Our supported services are most useful when started as soon as possible following diagnosis of a serious problem. Our level of involvement will depend on the family’s needs.


No. We will continue to hope with you for a cure. We will help your child remain comfortable, live each day to the fullest, create family memories, and when necessary, prepare for a peaceful death.


No. We encourage all of your child’s care providers to continue their support for your child and family. Our Palliative Care team will work with your child’s doctor to coordinate care, always respecting your family’s wishes.

Contact Information

Inpatient Palliative Care

Phone: (614) 722-3710

Home-Based Palliative Care

Phone: (614) 355-1100

Fax: (614) 355-1182

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Palliative Care Leadership

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000