Palliative Care is integrated throughout Children’s Mercy. PaCT met its first patient in May 2002, and continues to grow. In 2021 we consulted on >300 new pediatric patients, met >100 women in the Fetal Health Center for prenatal palliative care, and maintained longitudinal relationships with ~650 infants, children, and adolescents.
The core Palliative Care Team (PaCT) includes 4 Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship-trained physicians and 5 certified hospice and palliative nurses. We work collaboratively with Child Life, Spiritual Services, Social Work, Psychology, and the Aftercare Program.
Your clinical experience
Children’s Mercy partnered with University of Kansas Medical Center to welcome our first pediatric fellow in 2016. The pediatric fellow joins three adult fellows to create a cohort of four learners per fellowship year.
This well-rounded fellowship incorporates unique learning from all four of the sponsoring sites.
More about your clinical experience and rotations
- Children’s Mercy is the only free-standing children’s hospital between St. Louis and Denver. There are 366 inpatient beds, including the PICU, CICU, and NICU.
- The University of Kansas Medical Center is a university-based academic institution affiliated with The University of Kansas Health System (TUKHS). The palliative medicine team was established in 1997, and includes physicians, advanced practice provider, nurses and social workers. They have five inpatient physician-led consult teams and a robust interdisciplinary outpatient palliative care program.
- Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care is a not-for-profit hospice established in 1980 serving the greater-KC-metro. Their services include a 32-room hospice house and a robust pediatric and perinatal program known as Carousel.
- North Kansas City Hospital is a community medical center with an active Palliative Care Team. Their team provides exposure to a highly efficient multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains.