Palliative Care


The Pediatric Palliative Care Team at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital is a multidisciplinary team that empowers families to make decisions that support their values, traditions and culture all while enhancing their child’s quality of life. Together, members of the Pediatric Palliative Care Team take the time to get to know both family and child to develop a specialized plan of care.

Liam’s Room


Liam’s Room is located in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. The room has a home-like atmosphere and features many amenities that help pediatric palliative care patients and their families feel more comfortable during an extended hospital stay. It was created in loving memory of Liam Hayden McNamara, who passed away at 16 months from an incurable neurological condition called Lissencephaly (Miller-Dieker Syndrome). The newly renovated room contains typical amenities that a child’s bedroom at home might offer, including bright colors, a video game and movie system, and bookshelf. A sleeper sofa, comfortable quilts and pillows, a private bathroom and beach-themed artwork supplement the room for the family’s comfort.

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Meet Our Palliative Care Team


Heather H Grossman, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Palliative Care

Beth Ann McKeown, BSN, RN, CPN, CPMT
Nurse Manager Pediatric ICU/Pediatric Palliative Care Services

Sue Hermida, MSW
Social Work

Samantha Nocito, BA CCLS, CPMT
Certified Child Life Specialist

Sara Patterson, BA, CCLS, CPMT
Certified Child Life Specialist

Reverend David Cotton
Manager, Pastoral Care

Our Pediatric Palliative Care Specialist


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