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When a mother says to you, “I want every person to see my child as a miracle and not a disability.” We listen. St. Francis commits to being that champion for every child and their particular needs. When illness or injury creates life-limiting situations our goal is to provide the best life possible for each patient. We also align with their loved ones so they are assured that we will always consider and see their child as an exceptional gift in the world.

Our pediatric palliative program is specialized medical care for children with serious illness. Every day we focus on providing children with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. We endeavor to improve quality of life for both the child and the family. Team Francis includes doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with a patient’s primary health care team providing support and various services for the child and for the child’s family. Children are cared for at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided together with curative treatments​ such as chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, hospitalization.

Who We Treat

We treat a wide range of conditions, including:
♥ Cancer
♥ Genetic disorders
♥ Premature birth
♥ Heart and lung conditions
♥ Neurological disorders

If your child’s condition is not listed, please contact us to learn how we can help. Click Here

Our Services

Our team provides a variety of support services, including:

Easing pain and other symptoms. We improve the patient’s and family’s quality of life by easing the child’s pain and managing symptoms.
Establishing goals of care. We work closely with the family and the child’s health care providers to establish treatment goals and clarify priorities of care.
Health care decision making. Our team explains complicated terms, discusses care options with the family and helps them make decisions based on their values, traditions and preferences.
Emotional support. We provide emotional, social and spiritual support to help patients and families carry on with everyday life.
Communicating with providers to coordinate care. We provide communication among the patient, family and health care team to give families the information and guidance needed to make the best health care decisions for their child. We also promote continuity of care between services and multiple admissions.
Sibling support. We understand that when one family member is hospitalized, the entire family is affected. Our team helps siblings understand their brother’s or sister’s diagnosis or medical care. We also help support continued bonds and normal family experiences during extended separations and disruption to family routines caused by hospitalization.
Integrating community resources. We work with community resources to link hospital programs with community-based home care.

 Reflections of Life Articles: Summer 2022

DASH in Life 5k

Join us November 12, 2022 in honoring Veterans with Devotion Admiration Service and Honor at the DASH in Life 5K benefiting the We Honor Veterans Program at St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care. Together, we will ensure they feel the gratitude of our nation for their service. The unique nature of those who serve in the …

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Military Women’s Memorial

By: Elizabeth Galfo MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMD-C The Space Coast Honor Flight goes above and beyond to recognize the men and women who have served in our military. It provides a 24 hour trip that flies Veterans and their guardians to Washington DC and Arlington to visit Memorials dedicated to their service. The whole experience …

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Tiles & Grief

We have many rituals in life, special days of celebration, ways to honor our history, our lives and our deaths. If you travel to our Poe Care Center in Titusville, you will see a collection of tiles with a reflection bench, shaded by a great tree. Each tile is personalized and memorializes a loved one. …

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The Ribbon Has Been Cut

Over 100 people came together on June 24th to celebrate the opening of the St. Francis Reflections Hospice Care Center in Melbourne. The Care Center is for hospice patients who need round-the-clock care or respite care. The 10 private rooms provide a home-like setting where families can remain by their loved one’s side.  A family …

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A Compass of Compassion

As each day passes Lynn Kiefer, the NorthStar Coordinator, takes out her guiding star and aims to create compassion for the 165+ children and youth across the county. In putting a program together, there is thoughtful consideration for each age and each needs of the individual kid. Some might prefer support groups, or art therapy. …

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Jumping Into Summer

The NorthStar – Child Grief Program hosted its 2nd Annual Summer Carnival at Wickham Park to kick-off summer. Over 100 NorthStar families and volunteers were in attendance. Children indulged in popcorn and snow cones. They enjoyed having their face painted, water fights to beat the heat, and a bit of friendly competition. Each of the …

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Cody is Part of the Pack

Cody was part of our Pet Pledge Program, which helps our patients who are in the sunset of their lives. Cody was the apple of his Mom’s eye. She was concerned about what would happened to him after she went into her final chapter of life. She did not have a family member who would …

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No Wrong Way to Grieve

Grieving is messy and difficult. We like things easy with clear steps to follow. This is why many people gravitate to the “5 Stage of Grief” by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross when they are grieving. Most people do not realize those stages were actually created to explain what the person who is dying goes through, not the …

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