About Rainbow Kids

Rainbow Kids is the pediatric palliative care program at Primary Children's Hospital. Rainbow Kids is a consultation service available to any children and families who are experiencing a chronic complex condition or a life-threatening illness. The program is here to help both the child and family deal with feelings, symptoms, and concerns during a time that may be confusing and overwhelming. Our team is available to assist you with your treatment goals of care.

As parents of a child with a chronic or life-threatening illness, you walk one of life's most difficult paths. Your family does not have to find your way alone. The Rainbow Kids consultation service is here to offer comfort, advice, and support to your family each step of the way, wherever the path may lead.

What to Expect

The Rainbow Kids Palliative Care team includes pediatric specialty physicians, pediatric nurse practitioners, medical social workers, and spiritual care. Team members have the specialized training, experience, and understanding to work with you and your health care team to support you and help you find the path that is best for your child and your family. This program is available to children and their families regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

When your child is facing a chronic illness, you may feel your life has been turned upside down. Our team can provide special help with:

Communication

Our team can help you and your child communicate with your health care teams, family members, and your child's siblings. We can assist in gathering the information you need to make the best decisions for your child and family as well as help you find ways to stay connected with your child's school, neighbors, faith community, and friends.

Emotions

Our team offers a safe setting to talk about difficult thoughts and feelings your child and family may experience. We help your child and family explore the meaning of what is happening as you face the challenges of serious illness.

Physical symptoms

Our team can help your health care team minimize pain and other uncomfortable physical symptoms, especially toward the end of life.

Spirituality

Our team is available to support your child and family along your path, providing a non-judgmental place to share thoughts and feelings. At your request we can assist your family in connecting with your faith group or with specific religious practices, e.g. prayers, blessings, baptisms, etc.

Our Mission and Vision

The symbol of the rainbow is used by many cultures and peoples as a sign that one can find hope and beauty in unexpected moments, even during the darkest of times.

Our mission is to work as an interdisciplinary team to provide leadership in Pediatric Palliative Care for Intermountain Healthcare. We support children with potentially life-threatening illness and the families and staff who care for them. Through compassion, respect, and dignity we nurture trust, support, hope and help people live their best life possible.

Our vision is to ensure every child receives the best care in the right setting to live their best life possible.

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