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Miss Pawla greets a boy at the JagPals event in April 2024.

The Bridge Program

The Bridge Program team is a specially trained group dedicated to serving the unique needs of your child’s complex medical diagnosis. We include a registered nurse, a nurse practitioner, and a physician who will work closely with your primary medical team, care managers, child life specialists, and members of the children’s therapy services staff to ensure the best care possible.

Pediatric Medical Complexity

For our pediatric patients with complex medical situations who are admitted to USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital, we will come to your child’s hospital bedside to get to know who your child is as a person. Our goal is to help your child and family to set goals to live their BEST LIFE possible, while navigating serious or numerous medical conditions. Types of assistance we offer include:

  • Guiding you to advocate for the best care and treatment options available for your child
  • Education of diagnosis and prognosis
  • Specialized pediatric pain management
  • Organizing interdisciplinary team meetings among your child’s subspecialists and primary team
  • Coordinating with our child life specialists, physical/occupational/speech therapists, and chaplain support
  • Coordinating mental health and grief counseling
  • Offering integrative medicine modalities, including aroma therapy, art therapy, pet therapy, etc.
  • Assisting as you make goals of care for your child and reevaluating those goals if there are changes to your child’s medical condition
  • Coordinating with your child’s school
  • Celebrating your accomplishments!


Prenatal Care and Fetal Care Center

For your baby’s prenatal diagnosis of a serious medical condition, we provide services specialized to your pregnancy. We offer:

  • Education of diagnosis and prognosis
  • Exploration of all treatment options
  • Introduction to our board-certified neonatologists, including a tour of our state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Assisting in detailed birth planning
  • Creation of unique memory items to celebrate your child’s birth
  • Sibling and family support


Hospice / Palliative Care

In the rare, difficult times a child is diagnosed with a terminal medical condition, care for your family does not stop. Our services include:

  • Coordinating seamless care transitions with your home health services when your child requires care in the hospital
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Exploring all available treatment options
  • Grief counseling
  • Helping your family to reach their goals and make meaningful memories

How do I request a Bridge Program team member?

While your child is an inpatient at Children's & Women's Hospital, discuss with your care team whether a consult is right for your child’s unique case. 

We are looking to grow and expand outpatient services in the future. At this point though, Bridge Program services are only available to patients admitted at Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

Giving to the Bridge Program

There is a growing need for the services the Bridge Program offers, but not enough funding to keep up. Expenses include purchasing specialized equipment and educational literature, as well as covering the cost of grief counseling, funeral expenses, and food and resources for support groups.

To make a tax-deductible donation or learn more about how you can support this special program, contact the Hospital Development Office at, call 251-460-7032, or donate online.

For more information on the Bridge Program, contact Rene Sprague at

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