The 15th Annual Dr. Joseph Kline Pediatric Symposium (For Medical Professionals Only)

Supportive and Palliative Care For Children: The Impact of a Life-Altering or Life-Limiting Illness

Featured Speakers

Randi Axelrod, MD, FAAP
Capital Health Corporate Director – Mednax
Capital Health Medical Director – Neonatology

Xenia T. Bateman, RN, MSN, CRNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT)
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Maria Class, RN, BSN
Bayada Home Health Care
Clinical Educator/Clinical Manager

Dana M. Dombrowski, MSW, LSW
Social Worker and Psychosocial Program Coordinator
Palliative Care (PACT)
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Iraj Forouzan, MD
Capital Health Maternal Child Health
Perinatology/Maternal Fetal Medicine

Joyce Merrigan, DNP, CPLC, CBC, CBCC,C-EFM, RNC-OB
Capital Health Clinical Nurse Educator, Maternity Services
President/Owner-Joyce L. Merrigan, LLC, Traumatic Grief Counseling Services

Dyana Thompson, MSN, RN, CPN
Valley Home Care and Hospice Clinical Manager
Maternal Child Health
The Butterflies Program

Elizabeth Wise, RN
Bayada Home Health Care
Transitional Care Manager

The Anderson/Dunham Family - Guest Panelist
Experience with a life-limiting diagnosis

The Brokaw Family-Guest Panelist
Experience with a life altering diagnosis


This program is designed to enhance the participants’ knowledge regarding supportive and palliative care for children with a life-altering or life-limiting illness. The Kline Symposium provides information that supports a greater understanding of families dealing with the impact of being given a diagnosis of a life-altering or life-limiting illness in their unborn, newborn, or older child.

Target Audience

Obstetricians, Neonatologists, Pediatricians, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Advanced Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses (Perinatal, Neonatal, Pediatric, Home Care, Social Work/Case Management), Residents and Students (Medical School, PA’s, APNs, Nursing).

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify families who would benefit from a supportive or palliative care program.
  • Describe educational barriers and the skills needed to provide care for families delivering an infant with a life altering or life-limiting illness.
  • Identify key elements of effective communication surrounding pediatric palliative care.
  • Recognize that collaborative communication in pediatric palliative care is essential to aid families with the decision-making process when given a life-altering or life-limiting diagnosis.
  • Describe a comprehensive pediatric palliative care program —Butterflies program.
  • Identify best practices in caring for families whose child has a life-altering or life-limiting illness.
  • Recognize some common fetal anomalies that may potentially cause a life-altering or life-limiting pregnancy event.
  • Identify the multidisciplinary approach that is necessary to transition these medically fragile infant’s or children to home care.
  • Discuss the impact on a family that is receiving an unexpected and emotionally devastating diagnosis about their unborn child.
  • Describe how palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to relieve the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual suffering of patients and their families.
  • Discuss developing an individual plan of care based on the decision-making request by the families.
  • Discuss the experience of receiving a life-altering or a life-limiting diagnosis about a child and the options and resources necessary to support the family and the child.


Capital Health is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Capital Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.1 AMA PRA Category I Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Capital Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider Number P122-7/17-20.

This program is approved for 5.1 nursing contact hours. Successful completion of contact hours requires participants to sign-in, complete an evaluation form and attend the entire program.

Approval status does not imply endorsement by Capital Health, the NJSNA or ANCC of any commercial products discussed and/or displayed in conjunction with the educational activity.


Planners, content experts and speakers have declared no conflict of interest. There is no commercial support for this activity.



For more information, please contact Margaret Estlow at 609-303-4373 or Kathy Bayrasli at 609-303-4513 or download the event brochure here.



Registration Instructions
Register by Wednesday, October 24.
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