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Palliative Care

Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers Palliative Care Services to children and families who are in the hospital or in their homes. Palliative Care focuses on pain relief, care coordination, communication and support for patients/families dealing with serious illness. The Palliative Care team consists of the family, physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy and Child Life Specialists who work together to prevent and ease suffering. Our goal is to encourage the best possible quality of life. Palliative Care helps patients, families and care givers.

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

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

Palliative Care Program Services

Coordinated Communication

  • Working with families to coordinate communications from all of your physicians
  • Helping families explore opinions, treatment options or prognosis
  • Help families get the services they need

Supportive Care

  • A caring presence
  • Staff that embraces each family’s journey

Advanced Care Planning

  • Setting goals
  • Finding new hope


  • Treat common symptoms of serious illness including pain, nausea, vomiting, breathlessness, delirium, constipation, secretions and others.
  • Anticipate, educate and guide families and health care workers about what symptoms may occur in the future and how to prevent and/or treat.

Additional Services

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Patient and family emotional support
  • Medical information and treatment options
  • Spiritual support
  • Child Life
  • Community resource information
  • Staff with pediatric expertise on-call 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week

The Care Team

Our entire team works together in their unique roles along side of parents and families to help provide the best care possible.
Your care team will consist of:

  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Chaplain
  • Child Life
  • Medical Director
  • Physicians
  • Social Workers

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.

Helpful Resources

Ohio Pediatric Palliative Care and End of Life Network (OPPEN)

OPPEN has the following resources available for downloading and printing:

  • State of Ohio Resource Guide for Pediatric Palliative Care
  • The Comfort Line flyer

Contact Information

Inpatient Palliative Care
Phone: (614) 722-3710

Home-Based Palliative Care
Phone: (614) 355-1100

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Palliative Care Leadership

Palliative Care

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