Life-affirming care and comfort for children and their families
George Mark Children’s House, located in San Leandro, California, focuses on quality of life and continuity of care for children with illnesses that modern healthcare cannot yet cure, or for those who have chronic medical conditions.
We are innovative leaders in relieving the pain and stress of illness, regardless of prognosis.
George Mark Children’s House was the first freestanding pediatric palliative care center in the United States. Since 2004, it has been a leader and model for the pediatric palliative care movement. We continue to help other homes across the United States get started, and our hope is that one day centers like ours will become a standard of care for every child facing a chronic or terminal medical condition.
Our goal is to achieve the best quality of life possible.
The George Mark model of pediatric palliative care strives to achieve greater well-being and quality of life for children and their families.
We make a substantial difference in the lives of the children and families that we serve, at significantly less cost than that of an acute care hospital facility.
How we are funded
We rely largely on the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporate donors for approximately 80% of our annual operating budget. Only a portion of our actual costs are funded by reimbursements from Medi-Cal and insurance companies. Since the field of pediatric palliative care is still relatively new in the United States, it has taken considerable time to educate insurance companies that this care is both available and less expensive than hospital care for the same level of service.