Palliative Care Program
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Orange, CA 92868
CHOC’s Palliative Care program is here to give extra support and reduce the amount of suffering experienced by patients with complex medical conditions. We are here to help patients, the people who love them and the healthcare team that cares for them.
The Palliative Care Team supports you by:
- Providing initial consultations and follow up help in the hospital, OPI, and other clinics
- Easing pain and managing symptoms and side effects
- Helping with communication between families and health care providers
- Identifying goals of and aligning all involved with the medical care plan
- Educating healthcare staff
CHOC is the only children’s hospital in Orange County with a pediatric palliative care program. Our team is available to provide care in the inpatient and outpatient setting. We will work with your other healthcare providers.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is specialized, medical care for people living with a serious illness. It provides relief from the symptoms and stress of illness to enhance quality of life. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness. It can be provided along with curative treatment. Palliative care can happen at the same time as hospice and end-of-life care, but it is not actual end of life care.
Who does palliative care help?
A palliative care consultation may be helpful for patients who:
- Have a serious illness.
- Would benefit from extra symptom and pain management
- Want increased focus on improving quality of life and family support
During a consultation, families and members of our care team would discuss:
- The goals of care,
- Care preferences,
- Advanced care planning,
- Any spiritual and/or psycho-social distress
Frequently Asked Questions about Palliative Care
Meet our Team
Dr. Sarah Keating is board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, and hospice and palliative care who treats kids and teens in Orange County.
Melissa Platz is a nationally board-certified acute and primary care pediatric nurse practitioner who treats critically ill children in Orange County.
Palliative Care, Pediatrics
Dr. Erin M. Halman is board certified in pediatrics and who treats kids and teens in Orange County.
Yalda Ghader is a nurse practitioner who treats critically ill children in Orange County.
Gardenia Bush, MHA Joana Harrison, BSN, RN, CPHON, CPN Karina Ousley, MSW, LCSW
Program Administrator Pediatric Palliative Care Nurse Social Worker
Ellen Servetar, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Director Clinical Services