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Pediatric  Services

With a focus on maximizing the quality of life for every child in our care, we are privileged to offer a wide range of pediatric services to families throughout Michigan. This includes our Pediatric Early Care (PEC) Program, James B. Fahner MD Pediatric Hospice Program and our Perinatal Program.

Pediatric Early Care (PEC)
Designed for children with a potentially life-limiting illness, PEC gives families an experienced pediatric social worker who can offer emotional, social and decision-making support for the child, parents and siblings.

Serving West and Southeast Michigan, PEC is a way for families to receive care-giving support, companionship, help with errands, memory-making activities, and a range of art, pet and music therapies.

Pediatric Hospice Program
Based in Grand Rapids, and serving 18 counties in West Michigan, our Pediatric Hospice Program provides an experienced team of pediatric-trained staff to care for terminally ill children and their families.

Perinatal Program
Hospice of Michigan also supports expectant parents of a child who has been diagnosed with either a terminal or potentially life-limiting illness.

Based in Grand Rapids and providing service in West Michigan, our Perinatal Program provides emotional, social and clinical support as parents prepare for the expected loss of their child during pregnancy, birth, or shortly after. The program also assists parents with birth planning during this most difficult time.

Our Pediatric Team:
David Dickens, MD – Medical Director
Mary Spicketts MSN, RN, CHPN, CHPPN – Director, Pediatric Program
Sarah Wright, RN, BSN – Assistant Manager, Pediatrics
Chantal Curell, RN, BSN, CPN – Pediatric Nurse
Scott Hawkins LMSW – Social Worker
Sheila Schindler, LMSW – Social Worker
Jennifer Snynder, LMSW – Social Worker
Cheryl Lamport, MA, BCC – Spiritual Care Advisor
Alexa Frye, LMSW – Social Worker, Southeast Pediatric Early Care Program
Tara Forbes, LMSW – Social Worker, Southeast Pediatric Early Care Program

Pediatric Bereavement Services
Focused on each family’s individual needs, our pediatric hospice team offers bereavement services at no charge. We can also speak to schools, places of worship and community organizations supporting children and families experiencing loss or interested in learning more about pediatric hospice services.

Further Reading
We have a series of brochures focused on helping children and young adults who are experiencing the loss of a loved one. Please contact us at 1-888-247-5701 for ordering information.

Patient and family rights and responsibilities
Hospices are required to provide information regarding the rights and responsibilities of patients/families and the hospice that is caring for the patient. Click here to download a PDF version.

For more information, call 1-800-642-4021. To make a donation to Hospice of Michigan’s pediatric program, or to learn about other giving opportunities, please click here.