Palliative Care Program
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Orange, CA 92868
CHOC’s palliative care program aims to enhance the level of support to patients and their loved ones and reduce the amount of suffering experienced by patients with complex medical conditions.
As the only children’s hospital in Orange County with a pediatric palliative care program, this team is available to provide care in the inpatient and outpatient setting, in partnership with other healthcare providers.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s condition. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.
Palliative care is additional care and support that benefits loved ones and medical care teams. Palliative care is adjacent to hospice and end-of-life care, but it is not actual end-of-life care.
Our team offers supportive care to patients by:
- Providing initial consultations and follow up encounters in the hospital, OPI, and other clinics
- Easing pain and managing symptoms and side effects
- Fostering communication between families and health care providers
- Identifying goals of and aligning all involved with the medical care plan
- Delivering effective educational programs to healthcare staff
Who would benefit from palliative care?
A palliative care consultation is appropriate for patients with serious illnesses who would benefit from enhanced symptom and, or pain management and an increased focus on improving quality of life and family support. During a consultation, families and members from our care team would discuss the goals of care, care preferences, advanced care planning and 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.
Gardenia Bush, MHA Tayler Key, BSN, RN, CPN, CHPPN Karina Ousley, MSW, LCSW
Program Advisor Registered Nurse Social Worker
Ellen Servetar, MS, RN, NEA-BC
Director Clinical Services