$250K donation supports Akron Children's new Palliative Care Center

Staff report


A $250,000 donation from The Magic of Michael Foundation will support Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley’s new Palliative Care Center.

The hospital’s pediatric palliative-care program works with children and their families to enhance quality of life and minimize suffering for patients with serious illnesses.

It provides not only medical care, but support for psychological, emotional, social, spiritual and educational issues that may contribute to suffering or interfere with healing, said Dr. Sarah Friebert, director of pediatric palliative care at Akron Children’s Hospital.

“When children suffer from chronic, complex or incurable illnesses, not only are they overwhelmed and scared, the rest of the family is, too,” Dr. Friebert said.

Palliative care makes a huge difference in the lives of children and families in the Mahoning Valley who are dealing with serious illnesses, Dr. Friebert said.

“Our palliative-care team goes where our patients are most comfortable, whether that be the hospital, outpatient clinic, home or school,” she said. “It’s not always easy for families to bring their children to the hospital or outpatient clinic setting with complicated medical equipment, especially when juggling work or taking care of other children.”

Read more about the program in Thursday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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