Pediatric Hospice Programs

The Healing Circle’s Pediatric Hospice Program operates under the belief that serious illness should not rob children of their childhood. Even when coping with life-limiting illness, the simple joys of childhood and the intimacy of family life can be experienced and enjoyed.

The Healing Circle’s pediatric care professionals are specially trained to address the special needs of children from birth through age 18 who have been diagnosed with any advanced illness. We strive to keep the child alert, active and as comfortable as possible while addressing the emotional and spiritual needs of the entire family.


Mary Gravina, LCSW
Assistant Vice President, Social Work Services
Phone: 631-666-6863

For Referrals Please Call 516-832-7100

Children with any life threatening illness may be referred to The Healing Circle when treatment goals become more palliative than curative.

Programs of Pediatric Hospice Care through The Healing Circle include:

  • Home visits by physicians and nurses to assess physical needs and manage pain and symptoms

  • On-Call care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Emotional counseling

  • Personal care assistance

  • Spiritual counseling

  • Volunteer companionship

  • Medication

  • Equipment

  • Bereavement counseling for family, friends and the child’s community

We Protect Patient Privacy In Every Way!
HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (1996) creates national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information. This law was enacted to protect patient privacy and improve the security, accuracy and integrity of the electronic transmission of health information. HIPAA provisions affect providers (that means Hospice Care Network), payers, and all other entities that share in the exchange of health information. This new law requires that a privacy notice be given to all patients and makes it illegal to release health information to inappropriate parties, or fail to adequately protect health information from release. If violated, civil and criminal penalties can be incurred.