The Pediatric Palliative Care Clinic at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada is the state’s only outpatient clinic offering treatment for patients with life-limiting conditions. Medical professionals, parents whose children are affected by life-limiting conditions, and the public is invited to an open house to learn more about available palliative services.
The clinic opened in February of 2016 and recently moved into a larger operations area, providing six examinations rooms as well as a designated integrative therapy room. The open house is Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The clinic is located at 3121 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Suite 420 is on the fourth floor.
Every day, children are born with illnesses, conditions or injuries that threaten or will limit their lifespan. Unfortunately, the current healthcare system is complex and full of specialty care options that are often difficult and sometimes nearly impossible for parents to navigate on their own. That is why the Pediatric Palliative Care Clinic was formed and began offering services on an outpatient basis.
Kathleen Gates, M.D. and Angela Berg, DNP, APRN, CPNP will oversee the program. Dr. Gates is the only physician in Nevada with extensive experience in both pediatric palliative care and pediatric hospice care. Berg was a registered nurse for 25 years before earning her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2015.
Palliative care can be a confusing term for the public and even those within the medical community. Palliative care is not imminent, end-of-life hospice care. A child diagnosed with a congenital condition may live for several years. Palliative care offers support and expertise in making parents feel supported as they consider the many options that provide the best quality of life for their child, however long they may have them.
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics identified the need and value of these services as far back as 2000, outpatient pediatric palliative care has been lacking, especially in Nevada. Currently, programs only address these needs for children who are in the hospital. Once discharged, the services are no longer available.
Pediatric palliative care is covered by many insurance companies under major medical coverage, not under the hospice benefit. As a program of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, the Palliative Care Clinic will provide these services to children with or without medical insurance and regardless of the family’s ability to pay.