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Family-Centered Care

The needs of children who undergo organ and tissue transplantation are very different from those of adult transplant patients. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is committed to providing a full range of pediatric transplant services before and after transplantation.

For example, Children’s facilitates parent support groups for families involved in different stages of the pediatric transplant process. These groups provide an opportunity for families to learn from each other and to prepare for recovery of a child organ transplant patient and life after transplantation. Children’s Hospital also accommodates the personal needs of families who spend considerable amounts of time in the hospital. Sleeping rooms, shower facilities and a small laundry room are available within the hospital, and affordable, nearby accommodations can be arranged on an individual basis.

Among the unique examples of Children’s family-centered services for a child organ transplant patient are three summer programs that focus on the quality of life after a pediatric transplant:

Camp Chihopi is a fun-filled summer camping experience for children who have had a pediatric liver transplant or intestine transplant. Campers enjoy a non-medical environment where they can spend a weekend outdoors with other children who also have had an organ transplant.

Heart Camp offers children who have had pediatric heart transplants a camping experience where they can interact with other children with heart disease. Additionally, all of the counselors who staff Heart Camp are young adults who have been treated for heart disease themselves.

Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion Day is a celebration honoring children and young adults who have undergone pediatric bone marrow transplantation. Families also attend the event, which is held at the hospital, and share their post-transplant experiences with physicians, nurses, social workers, child life specialists and each other.

Last Update
December 9, 2010
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Last Update
December 9, 2010