Palliative Care Director's Letter to the Community

Sarah Friebert, MD

Sarah Friebert, MD

This year, the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center’s Report to the Community captures activities from 2011 and 2012, years in which a recurring theme seems to be “innovation.” We are always striving to find innovative ways to provide better care to our patients and families as they face life-threatening conditions. While that remains our primary goal, we also appreciate when our efforts receive national recognition – furthering another goal to “spread the word” about the incredible benefits of pediatric palliative care for children of all ages and their families. We hope to set an example that educates and inspires pediatric palliative care programs to go above and beyond in the care they provide, and to discover their own innovations. 

Our program is continuing to grow through funding from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we are part of a three-pronged pilot effort to examine models of care delivery that further the “triple aim” of healthcare: improved quality, reduced cost and improved health. We are focusing on care coordination for children with complex medical conditions as we streamline communication, resources and community-based support to provide better, more cost-effective care where families prefer –in their own homes and communities.

Some other highlights include:

In honor of our anniversary, many volunteers and staff worked hard to plan a party at the Akron Civic Theatre, which featured great food and a lip-synching contest, with the proceeds from the voting benefiting our center. Generous voters and sponsors made our celebration a very successful fundraiser and contributed to some very special memories and YouTube moments. A heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who helped or attended. We hope you will celebrate future milestones with us. 

We hope you will enjoy reading about these and other innovative activities of the Haslinger Center.  As always, we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in learning more about our program, would like to make a donation or volunteer, or know a family that might benefit from our services. 

Thank you for your continued support of the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center and Akron Children’s Hospital.

Sarah Friebert, MD
Director, A Palette of Care
Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center

Director's Letter to the Community
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