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Mercy Family Care


The Mercy Family Care program at Mercy Children's Hospital provides family-centered, supportive healthcare for infants and children who suffer from life-limiting illnesses.  The Mercy Family Care interdisciplinary care team provides individualized support in an environment that gives families emotional shelter, enabling them to reconcile difficult circumstances and make their own informed choices.

Life-limiting illnesses may be diagnosed at birth, and sometimes even before birth, hence the term Mercy Family Care. The Mercy Family Care team reaches out to families that have suffered miscarriage, fetal death, or a death at delivery in addition to helping those whose children survive but face serious health challenges.

Children may be diagnosed with a wide variety of illnesses that are likely to limit normal life-expectancy, including severe birth defects, genetic disorders, brain damage, progressive neurological or metabolic disorders, major organ failure, HIV, cystic fibrosis or cancer. The Mercy Family Care core interdisciplinary team is led by Pam Oatis, M.D., Medical Director. Our lifespan approach to palliative care within a uniquely Catholic healthcare perspective has become well developed and shared with interdisciplinary providers throughout our hospital system, our region and the Midwest.
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