Children with life-limiting illnesses are first and foremost children - children who want to play, laugh, learn and be home where they may be surrounded by family and friends. Hospice services and care enable the family to achieve this.

At Nationwide Children's Hospital Homecare, our mission is to return each child to a pain-free life as possible. The Hospice Program affirms the dignity of life.

Our belief is that the quality of life is not determined by the quantity of one's days but by the way in which those days are lived. We have opportunities to enrich each day - physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

How to Reach Us

If you want to arrange hospice services or have questions, call (614) 355-1100 or 800-466-2727. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding national holidays. Staff is on call 24/7 to answer any questions and to address patient and family concerns.

Hospice Program Services

  • Staff with pediatric expertise on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week

  • Coordination of care

  • Nursing visits

  • Keeping your child at home

  • Social worker visits

  • Chaplain visits

  • Pain and symptom management

  • Medications

  • Home Medical Equipment and supplies

  • Massage Therapy

  • Sibling Support

  • Legacy building

  • Community Resource Information

  • Counseling

  • Volunteer information

  • Spiritual services

  • Patient and family emotional support

  • End of Life planning

  • Bereavement support and follow-up

  • Perinatal Hospice Care available through the Columbus Fetal Medicine Collaborative

Meet Our Leadership

Steven Smith, MD
Medical Director, Hospice & Palliative Care

Laura Rozcicha, MSW, LISW-S
Manager, Hospice and Palliative Care

Your Care Team

At Nationwide Children's Hospital, our entire team works together in their unique roles along side of parents and families to help provide the best possible care.


Learn About Your Care Team

Resources for Families


“Our Hospice caregivers helped us at a very difficult time. They did it with grace and understanding.”

– Hospice Family Member

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