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Pain and Palliative Care

At the Pain & Palliative Care Center, we coordinate care and alleviate symptoms to help lessen the pain of children with chronic and serious illnesses. There is no set formula: every child suffering from pain has different needs. We assess each child’s situation individually and determine what his or her needs are. Our service utilizes Child Life Specialists, Creative Arts Therapists and Social Workers to provide a spectrum of care based on each child’s individual needs. If indicated, referrals are made to other providers, such as other medical specialists, physical or occupational therapists, psychologists, bereavement specialists, spiritual care. The Center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, advanced practice nurses, licensed clinical social workers, child life specialists and creative art therapists who are all specially trained to provide care to children suffering from pain.
Palliative care:
  • Is different from treatment used to cure an illness. The goals of palliative care are to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life for patients with serious or advanced illness. Depending on the patient’s needs, palliative care can be given along with curative treatments. The treatment plan is based on each child’s individual needs.
  • Seeks to enhance quality of life
  • Helps families pursue comfort-oriented goals concurrently with cure-directed therapy
  • Manages a child’s pain and other symptoms so he or she is comfortable, but not asleep or unconscious 
  • Involves talking openly with family about a child’s prognosis and treatment side effects so families can make tough, but informed, decisions
  • Optimizes achievement of goals and potential for children on a complex medical journey


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports an integrated model of palliative care, in which components of palliative care are offered at diagnosis of a life-limiting disease and continued through the course of illness, whether the outcome ends in cure or death.  The Pain and Palliative Care team supports this goal, in addition to providing palliative care to children with chronic disease and acute life-threatening events.  Our team is dedicated to helping children live life to the fullest.  

Stacey Rifkin-Zenenberg, DO
Jamie Boman, APN

Contact Number:  551.996.3283

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