Quarters For Quality: Compassionate Care To Families And Patients One Quarter At A Time
2012-02-10 · By Editor
Family members, employees and supporters attended the second annual Quarters for Quality event at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach to benefit the pediatric supportive/palliative care program. Attendees donated their spare quarters, to help improve the “quality of life” for children with life-threatening conditions. Blankets, bracelets and other items also were being sold to benefit this program.
Rachel Llanos, event founder, is one of more than 100 parents whose family benefited from the supportive/palliative care program. Her daughter, Kelly, suffered from a genetic defect that led to heart problems and was in and out of Miller Children’s her whole life. Although she recently passed away, the Llanos family was deeply touched by the supportive care they received. Rachel’s goal is to raise funds to support the supportive/palliative care program so they can continue to provide future patients and families with the same compassionate care.
Supportive care, also called palliative care, involves a variety of resources to improve the quality of life for a child with a chronic or serious illness by addressing their needs for comfort. The pediatric supportive/palliative care program at Miller Children’s is unique, and different from hospice, in that it begins at diagnosis and is a part of the care plan, whether the child is at home or in the hospital, throughout cure or bereavement. This distinctive care team applies the latest in palliative care initiatives and ensures palliative care experts are throughout the hospital, establishing Miller Children’s as a leader in pediatric palliative care.
“Supportive and Palliative Care is about assuring the best qualify of life for all children; to allow them to experience every day to the fullest,” says Joetta Wallace, NP-C, Supportive/Palliative Care Program Coordinator, Miller Children’s. We believe that children with complex, chronic conditions and those with life-threatening illnesses should be able to live free from pain and symptoms of distress while undergoing treatments aimed at those conditions. They should be able to spend as much quality time in the arms of those who love them as possible.”
Rachel has also organized the Palliative Care Pursuit Walk in her daughter’s memory taking place on Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at El Dorado Park East in Long Beach. All proceeds from the walk go directly to the Supportive/Pallative Care Program at Miller Children’s. Registration is $20 and you can support one of the walkers and the palliative care program through online fundraising. For more information, visit MillerChildren’s.org or contact Rachel Llanos at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (562) 933-0613.