Lenox Non-Profit of the Month: Starshine Hospice of Cincinnati Children's Hospital

 

StarShine Hospice of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is the only organization in the Tri-State area dedicated to the care of terminally ill children and their families, and one of only a few in the nation. Their philosophy is: “Children know how to make the most of every moment. At StarShine, we follow that example. When the moments with a child you love are fewer than they ought to be, StarShine is here to help make each one count.” StarShine was created to help children who are facing debilitating, life-limiting and terminal illnesses ~ and their families. They provide care, comfort, and support (most often in the child’s home) to help make the most of the time they are given together.

Four programs deliver services to clients:

*The Transitions program provides home-based skilled medical care to seriously ill children with chronic, life-limiting or terminal medical conditions. Services may include skilled nurse visits, pain management, home medical equipment, and counseling.

*The Hospice program provides comfort care and support to children and young adults whose life expectancy is six months or less. Most hospice care is provided at home in loving, comforting, and familiar surroundings. Services offered can include medical staff, assistive equipment, psychological and spiritual support.

*The Perinatal program is designed to support a couple who learns during pregnancy that the baby they are expecting has a terminal health condition. Expert medical and psychological support and guidance are provided throughout pregnancy and after the baby is born, including counseling to family members and bereavement support.

*The Bereavement program is available to all families who have lost a child to illness. Extensively trained staff offer grief support to help families cope with a child’s death, and help to celebrate his or her life in meaningful ways. 

According to Susanne Evans, Clinical Director of StarShine, “Nothing is more devastating to a parent than receiving the news that their child has been diagnosed with a terminal or life-limiting illness. Thanks to generous donations from the community, each year we serve over one hundred patients and their families, providing care and support to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. We help children, their siblings, parents, and families make every moment count during their time of need.” 

For further information, please call Teresa Gills at 513.636.1821. To make a donation, please visit https://giving.cincinnatichildrens.org/starshine

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