The Butterfly Program is Hospice Savannah’s pediatric program. Pediatric hospice is a philosophy of care for children with life-limiting conditions, focusing on enhancing quality of life and relieving suffering for the child and family members.
Care involves a specially chosen team-oriented approach to expert medical care: pain management, emotional and spiritual support, all tailored to the child’s and family’s needs.
Our award-winning Butterfly Program serves pediatric patients up to age 21 with a life-limiting diagnosis, with a particular emphasis on congenital abnormalities. Every person has the right to live pain-free and with dignity. Your loved ones need the support of our team to allow that to happen.
Anyone can make a referral to the program: parent, grandparent, physician, counselor, etc. just by calling the Referral Center at 912.355.2289.
Once your call is received, the referral nurse, along with a Butterfly Team member, will visit you to see how we can best meet your needs. The attending physician and our Medical Director are also involved in the initial care planning. Communication with the attending physician is vital in providing quality care.
Our dedicated team comprised of a registered nurse, certified nursing assistant, chaplain and social worker will follow the child and family throughout their stay in the Butterfly Program, including after-hour visits if necessary. Volunteers are also available to assist the patient and family.
Hospice Savannah, Inc. has joined Partnering for Children: a national awareness campaign promoting compassionate, family-centered healthcare for children with life-threatening conditions. Partnering for Children is a collaborative effort between the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation. Actress Melissa Gilbert is the national spokesperson.