The Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) provides palliative care services for both the children with a serious illness and their families. Palliative care focuses on improving quality of life and relieving symptoms for patients with serious illnesses. Patients can continue to receive care that will cure their illness and extend their life at the same time they are using palliative care services.
Our PACT service consists of physicians, a registered nurse, nurse practitioner and a social worker. We share resources with the broader UK HealthCare system including chaplains, child life, bereavement, nutrition and ethics. We offer consults for patients at the request of the patient, family or health care provider.
The goals of PACT include:
When the patient, family or health care team requests a PACT consult, our team will meet with the family and the health care providers. We ask the family members about their goals and wishes and also about their worries and concerns. We determine how the PACT services can help them meet their goals, and we make recommendations to the health care team.
If a palliative care consult is needed, please notify a member of your primary care team. We are available Monday through Friday., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 859-323-3459.