A brief history of Anchors Programs for Children.

Our Hospice Physicians







Our Team

James B. Fahner, MD, FAAP
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Founder, James. B. Fahner Pediatric Hospice Program

Bradd Hemker, MD,     Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Kenneth Pituch, MD, FAAP C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Patricia Keefer, MD, FAAHPM, FAAP
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Elizabeth Rocha, RN, BSN, CHPPNAssociate Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer
Chantal Curell, RN, BSN, CPN, CHPPN – Statewide Operations Manager, Pediatrics
Sarah Butters, RN, BSNPediatric Nurse, West
Erica Baumann, RN – Pediatric Nurse, West
Sheila Schindler, LMSW – Social Worker, West
Nancy Mowery, LLMSW– Social Worker, West

Rebecca Urbanski, LLMSWSocial Worker, West
Cheryl Lamport, D.Min, MA, BCCSpiritual Care Advisor, West
Ashley Blaser, RNPediatric Nurse, Southeast
Amy Ellison, RN – Pediatric Nurse, Southeast
Jennifer Graskewicz, RN, BSN – Pediatric Nurse, Southeast
Nicolette Kowal, RN, BSN – Pediatric Nurse, Southeast
Bridget Marshall, RNPediatric Nurse, Southeast
Tara Derby, LMSWSocial Worker, Southeast; Asst Operations Mgr, Compass, Asst Mgr, Perinatal Hospice
Nicole Johanson, LMSW – Social Worker, Southeast

Cierra Aguirre, LLMSWSocial Worker, Southeast
John Warnshuis – Spiritual Care Advisor, Southeast
Ray Maurer – Spiritual Care Advisor, Southeast

Pediatric Bereavement Services

Focused on each family’s individual needs, our pediatric hospice team offers bereavement services at no charge to patients who have been served by any of our pediatric programs. We can also speak to schools, places of worship and community organizations supporting children and families experiencing loss or interested in learning more about pediatric hospice services.

Further Reading and Resources

We have a series of brochures focused on helping children and young adults who are experiencing the loss of a loved one. Please contact us at 888-247-5704 for ordering information. Additional resources may be found online, such as this article from Still Standing, a website for parents who have suffered the loss of a child.

Click here for additional resources.

Patient and Family Rights and Responsibilities

Hospices are required to provide information regarding the rights and responsibilities of patients/families and the hospice that is caring for the patient.

Click here to download a PDF version.

Get In Touch

To learn more, or see if your child is eligible, call 888-247-5704.


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Your gift will ensure that terminally and chronically ill children and their families receive the medical, emotional, and social support they need to navigate the roughest of waters.

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