How Community PedsCare Helps

Community PedsCare brings comfort and care to enhance the quality of life for patients from prenatal (before birth) to age 21. The program supports the specialized needs and medical care of the child, their parents and siblings, other family members, caregivers, classmates and teachers.

Counseling and spiritual support help parents and siblings deal with the strain, facilitate legacy-building and can help parents to secure resources.

With our unique combination of expressive care therapies including music and pet therapy, as well as the intervention of dedicated child life specialists, our total family-centered care allows us to embrace and focus on the special needs of each child.

The nurses, nurse practitioner and pediatrician act as a bridge with the medical community, coordinating with the child’s doctors and others involved in the child’s care.

Grief and bereavement counseling, parent support groups and respite care offer additional help to families.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is pediatric palliative care versus hospice care?

    Palliative care seeks to prevent or relieve physical and emotional distress of a serious illness, with the goal of improving quality of life while still seeking curative treatments. Palliative care can be provided at any point in the child’s illness.

    Hospice care begins when a child has a life expectancy of six months or less and has discontinued aggressive curative treatment. Care focuses on preparing the child and their family for death and supporting their needs through the final stages of life.

  • Who is eligible to participate in this program?

    Children from birth to age 21 with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions can be referred to Community PedsCare® by their physician, health care professional, clergy, parent/family member or legal guardian. To refer a child, or if you or someone you know would like more information about the Community PedsCare® program, please contact 904.407.6505 or email

  • Who pays for Community PedsCare program services?

    Medicaid or private insurance will often cover hospice care and some palliative services. However, children are never denied access because of inability to pay.

    Charitable gifts to Community Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation provide vital funding for this care. The generosity of the local community and Community Hospice & Palliative Care enable Community PedsCare® to provide seamless care from the outpatient to inpatient setting when and where families need it most.

Your Pediatric Care Team

Community PedsCare walks alongside parents and their children regardless of the treatment options they decide to pursue. A team of trained, experienced pediatric professionals all work together, along with the child’s own physician, to support the child and family during difficult times.
  • Who is on the team?

    Who is on the team?

    • Child and family members, including siblings, caregivers and other loved ones
    • Child’s primary care physician
    • Pediatric palliative and hospice care-trained physicians
    • Pediatric nurses
    • Family-focused pediatric social workers
    • Chaplain
    • Child life specialist
    • Specialized therapists (music, Comfort Touch)


  • Community PedsCare Providers

    Community PedsCare Providers

    Jeffrey Goldhagen, MD, MPH

    • Program Medical Director, Community PedsCare
    • Professor and Chief, Division of Community Pediatrics, UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville

    Patrice Austin, LCSW, ACHP-SW, CLS

    • Director, Community PedsCare

    Amanda Spence, ARNP

    • Manager, Community PedsCare

    Stacey Shelton, ARNP

Other Services & Resources

These are just some of the services and resources available for Community PedsCare patients and their families.
  • Home-Based Pediatric Palliative Care

    Community PedsCare provides specialized palliative support services for children through a variety of programs, including Partners in Care: Together for Kids (PIC:TFK). This is a partnership between the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

    PIC:TFK helps families access services, in addition to the medical services they are already receiving, through the Children's Medical Services Network.

  • Inpatient Pediatric Palliative Care

    We offer pediatric-focused palliative pain and symptom management through a partnership with Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Specialty Care and the University of Florida-Jacksonville.

  • Perinatal Program

    Our perinatal program is for parents whose unborn child is diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. It assists families with a birthing plan, partners with the obstetrics and delivery team and assists in coordinating transfer home from the hospital. It also offers physical, emotional and spiritual support to allow parents and siblings to spend quality time together.

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Community Hospice & Palliative Care is here for you, committed to helping you live better with advanced illness. Please click here to contact us or call 866.253.6681.