Pediatric Palliative Care at Mount Sinai

The Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is home to a dedicated Pediatric Palliative Care Team who offer interdisciplinary care and seek to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic conditions. The team is an added layer of support whose mission is to enhance comfort and relief of symptoms by addressing the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the child and their family.

Over the course of its existence, the team has grown to encompass direct clinical services to children with serious illness, child-focused pain management, and medical education to patients and families, as well as consultative and bereavement services with the multidisciplinary staff. We provide care to children and their families not only on an in-patient basis, but also in ambulatory care settings. We also collaborate with the adult palliative care team when appropriate. Our bereavement programming responds to the needs of this population and offers outreach for individual and family counseling, sibling support, parent support groups and resources for all families.

Mount Sinai’s Pediatric Palliative Care specialists include:

  • Physician: Joanne Hojsak, MD
  • Physician: Susan Zylbert, MD
  • Nurse Practitioner: Kathy Hoffstadter-Thal, CPNP, MSCR
  • Social Worker: Ali Hesch, LCSW
  • Chaplain: Rev. Denise Welsh, BCC
  • Child Life Specialist: Angie Koeneker, CCLS
  • Massage Therapist: Aimee McNally, LMT, CPMT
  • Art Therapist: Sarah Yazdian, LCAT, CCLS

We offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient consultations focusing on:

  • Customized care for patients with specific needs at any time during their illness
  • Hope and healing, comfort and care for optimal quality of life
  • Collaboration with providers, community resources and schools
  • Assistance with referrals to home care agencies or chronic care facilities
  • Help making difficult decisions
  • Ongoing support for patients and families on both an in-patient and out-patient basis