At SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, children from Missouri, Illinois and around the world receive exceptional care from dedicated caregivers, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Through ever-improving diagnostic techniques and treatment options, we offer hope to families of children who may not have survived as recently as 20 years ago. Through our more than 60 pediatric subspecialties and the skills of our world-class doctors and nurses, we are able to help many children who face uncertain futures because of a serious or complex diagnosis.

This is where the Footprints℠ team comes in. Footprints℠ is dedicated to comfort, advocacy and support of children with complex medical issues and their families. The care coordination provided by Footprints℠ addresses not only the child’s physical needs, but the emotional, spiritual and psychosocial needs of the entire family.

The Footprints℠ team interfaces with several of our specialty areas, including the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute and The Costas Center, to provide comprehensive wraparound services that involve everyone relevant to the care of the child, making sure that the family’s wishes are honored. In addition to assistance with care plans, advance directives and care coordination, families benefit from a personal relationship with a clinical professional dedicated to their child’s well-being and quality of life.

How Your Support Will Help

Additional Staffing Resources. The success of many of our subspecialty programs has increased the demand for Footprints℠ services. Additional staff will allow the program to serve more children, dedicate more time to each family and to offer complementary services like counseling or respite care.

Basic Needs. Many Footprints℠ families face financial difficulties as a result of their child’s illness. Donor support provides the resources to assist families with gas cards, groceries and other essentials.

Staff Education. Your support allows the Footprints℠ staff to stay current with changes in their field through online and in-person educational opportunities.