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Scentsy Buddies Donated to Gilchrist Kids Patients

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

  Samantha Burley has made a big impact on the lives of our Gilchrist Kids families in a very short time. She started working for Gilchrist as a part-time pediatric hospice nurse in April at Gilchrist Center Baltimore. It was there that she met Max and his family. On her way to earning her doctorate … Read More

Beth Solomon, Gilchrist Child Life Specialist

The Power of a Smile

Friday, March 15, 2019

A smile can tell worlds about a person’s state of mind. Smiles communicate joy, hope and general well-being. In one sense, the job of a Gilchrist child life specialist is to elicit those smiles. A smile can convey not only happiness and comfort, but also a reprieve from sadness, distress or even pain. And since … Read More

Compassionate Caregivers

Honoring Compassionate Caregivers at Gilchrist

Friday, February 22, 2019

Gilchrist is well known for compassionate caregivers. Each year, exceptional Gilchrist and GBMC staff and volunteers are honored with the Nancy J. Petrarca Compassionate Caregiver Award. This year, 31 Gilchrist staff and volunteers were nominated for the award, and Gilchrist Kids volunteer Tara Archer was named a top five finalist out of a pool of … Read More

Erin Bull - Gilchrist Kids: Age is Just a Number blog

Gilchrist Kids: Age is Just a Number

Friday, February 8, 2019

“So, you must LOVE kids, right?” This is a common question I hear when describing my work as a Gilchrist Kids pediatric and perinatal hospice professional. But often, our work is done with families. Not much different than the work of our adult Gilchrist hospice counterparts. Yes, there are aspects of care that are specific … Read More

Gilchrist Staff and Family of Pediatric Hospice Patient

Pediatric Hospice: The Unknown Road Ahead

Friday, January 11, 2019

The first time Joan Garlow walked through the doors of Gilchrist Center in search of information on pediatric hospice care, she broke into sobs and had to run back outside. She knew she needed help, both for her daughter, Lilley, whose health was progressively declining from a degenerative brain disorder, and for her and her … Read More

Mary Tiso

Finding the Good Days: Pediatric Cancer

Friday, September 14, 2018

A diagnosis of pediatric cancer is a devastating blow to children and their families. Fortunately, pediatric cancer treatment has come a long way in the last 20 years, and many childhood cancers have treatments, cures and the likelihood of a long, healthy life after treatment. Sadly, though, there are certain cancers for which a cure … Read More

Gilchrist Child Life Specialist

Giving Children Control in Their Care Choices

Friday, August 17, 2018

Families facing a terminal prognosis for their child are faced with an impossible choice: to continue treatments—grasping at any hope for a cure even when those treatments cause their own pain and devastation, or give up hope for a cure and focus on comfort care and pain management. Nothing can take away the agony of … Read More