St. Marys Hospital for Children
29-01 216th Street
Bayside, NY 11360
As the first program of its kinds in the nation, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children became a pioneer in providing palliative care to infants, children, and adolescents with life-limiting illnesses. Today St. Mary’s continues to provide 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. Palliative care services are offered in our inpatient facility, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children (103 beds) in Bayside, NY as well via an extensive network of home care services. Since its inception in 1984, 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. Services are offered throughout a child’s disease progression, regardless of whether concurrent curative treatments are being utilized. 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. St. Mary’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life for children with special needs and life-limiting conditions and their families. We are New York’s largest and most experienced provider of long-term care to children with medically complex conditions and New York City’s only post-acute care facility for children.