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Palliative Care

Palliative Care is a medical specialty that cares for patients with serious illnesses and their families. It is patient-centered and family-engaged medical care that focuses on enhancing quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering.

Services We Offer

  • Expert pain and symptom management
  • Guidance through difficult and complex medical decisions
  • Education of complex medical conditions
  • Identification of resources to navigate the healthcare system
  • Supportive and effective communication between child, family and medical providers
  • Development of medical care goals
  • Assistance with spiritual needs
  • Management of the social and practical challenges of a serious illness
  • Coordination of care between home and hospital
  • Interface and collaboration with community agencies such as home nursing and hospice to provide home care

Conditions the Palliative Care Team Treats

Any patient with a medical condition that is chronic, life threatening or life limiting would benefit from palliative care. This may include, but not be limited to children with:

  • Genetic disorders
  • Nervous system diseases
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease 


MUSC Children's Hospital

165 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425

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Our Care Team

The Palliative Care Team

  • Helps reduce suffering to improve quality of life
  • Helps families make medical decisions and set goals based on their preferences, beliefs, and values
  • Partners with patients, families, and physicians to develop a care plan to treat the underlying illness while easing its impact on the patient and the family

More Care Team Members

Hanna Epstein, NP

Mary Catherine Dubois, Social worker 

Frank Harris, Chaplain

Sue Krayer, Chaplain