St. Marys Hospital for Children
29-01 216th Street
Bayside, NY 11360
In 1979 St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children became a pioneer in providing palliative care to infants, children, and adolescents with life-limiting illnesses. Today St. Mary’s provides a unique, comprehensive, family-centered approach to the provision of palliative care services that encompass pain and symptom management, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual care within a holistic framework. St. Mary’s palliative services are offered in 2 inpatient facilities, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children (97 beds) in Bayside, NY and St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Center for Children (44 beds) in Ossining, NY, as well via an extensive network of home care services. On average, St. Mary’s provides palliative care services to more than 400 children annually. Since its inception, the palliative care program at St. Mary’s has been expanded to introduce palliative care services earlier, such as when a chronic illness becomes progressive, causing a loss of function. Pediatric pain management is also a hallmark of the program and the staff at St. Mary’s is committed to the philosophy that “no pain is OK” and works hard to assess pain before a child expresses it. Throughout the course of a child’s illness a trained interdisciplinary team of professionals plan interventions to support the dignity of the child and the family’s experience with empathy and culturally sensitive respect. We serve children from all over the five boroughs of New York City, as well as the surrounding counties of Westchester, Nassau, and Rockland.