Phone:574-647-6892 or 800-284-6892
Frequent trips to Indianapolis were routine for Michiana children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. But today, the Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Program at Memorial Hospital provides many of the same essential services close to home.
Developed in 1992 in affiliation with Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, this satellite program —the first of its kind in affiliation with Riley—helps reduce the many trips to Indianapolis and back for routine treatments. Memorial's Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology clinical staff is led by Timothy Griffin, M.D. The comprehensive team includes a pediatric nurse practitioner, nurses, social services staff and a parent advocate. Together, they offer children and their families personal counseling, psychological support and coordination of treatment to minimize the impact of a chronic disease on daily life.
|•||Sickle cell therapy|
|•||Specialized hematology testing|
|•||Teaching and school outreach|
|•||Monthly clinics with Riley Children's Hospital specialists|
|•||Pediatric oncology support group|
To date, the program has served more than 300 children and their families with medical services, referrals and emotional support. An added benefit is the Parent Advocate, who helps parents understand their child's disease and coordinates services for families who need them.
Many fun gatherings and events for families are planned throughout the year by the Parent Advocate such as a Halloween party at Coveleski Stadium and a Christmas party with Notre Dame athletes.
Contact Pediatric Oncology Parent Advocate, Tammy Robison at 800-284-6892 for information on meeting dates and party activities.