Palliative Care vs. Hospice: Understanding the differences

Logan Keith of Akron shares a fun moment with his mom, Laura. Logan is a patient in the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center. He continues to amaze his doctors and his family with his recovery from a devastating brain injury.

Many people are now more familiar with the words palliative care and hospice, but there’s often confusion about what they are and how they’re different. In honor of this month, which celebrates and spreads awareness about hospice and palliative care, we’ve created this Q & A.

Have you had ‘The Conversation?’ Ellen Goodman speaks about the importance of end-of-life conversations

Ellen Goodman

During her keynote speech at the annual Palette of Faith conference, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ellen Goodman spoke about the conversation family members should have with loved ones about end-of-life care preferences well before they are in a medical crisis and unable to speak for themselves.

Help fund gift cards for our patient families on #GivingTuesday


After Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, Cyber Monday and #GivingTuesday, which is a social media movement that changes the way we think about giving. On Dec. 3, you can donate online, volunteer your time, sign up to be a Change Bandit for the Akron or Mahoning Valley radiothons, or share a blog post. How will you give back this giving season?

Volunteers help deliver holiday cheer to palliative care families


Each year, the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Akron Children’s Hospital sends handmade, signed holiday greeting cards to their patients and families, as well as bereaved families. The number of palliative families keeps growing every year, and this year there were 1,400.

Palliative Care birthday party a night to remember

Jordan, before turning into a pumpkin.

We were honored to attend the Akron Children’s Hospital Palliative Care 10th birthday party celebration in July.

Carsen defies odds with Trisomy 15

Hays Family

After 4 long years trying to conceive, three of which we sought medical assistance, we found out we were going to have a baby.  We knew the baby was going to be a blessing because we actually conceived on our own.  We were elated and couldn’t wait for the month of June to arrive. I […]