We recognize that stem cell transplantation places enormous emotional, financial, psychological and logistical burdens on patients and families. In addition to a dedicated inpatient and outpatient nursing staff, the program provides multifaceted support for patients and families, including dedicated social workers and child life specialists; a hospital-based school; physical, occupational and speech therapy; and spiritual support. Our social workers also conduct group therapy sessions for families. The hospital-based school is a unique collaboration between the hospital and the Palo Alto Unified School District that permits young patients to continue their schoolwork during transplantation and aids in their transition back to their original school.
In addition, the newly renovated Ronald McDonald House is available for housing patients and families. A shuttle is available to transport patients and families between the house and the hospital.