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A structural realignment will allow a Center for Hospice & Palliative Care program that provides home care for children to expand and serve more pediatric patients, officials announced.

The Essential Care for Children program since 1998 has been part of the center’s Home Care Buffalo, which also cared for adult patients.

By aligning the program under Supportive Medical Partners, the center’s palliative care physician and nurse case management practice can serve the needs of children with serious and terminal illnesses.

The five employees who have served the dozen or so children now in the program will continue to serve them under this realignment, which is expected to double the number of children served, said Dr. Christopher Kerr, the interim CEO and chief medical officer.

With the center ending Home Care Buffalo’s operations, its two adult patients were shifted to the care of another home health agency of their choice, officials said.