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Center for Seriously Ill and Dying Children Opens Magnolia House
Center on monastery grounds expands mission to help NJ children

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ELIZABETH, NJ - July 27, 2012 Circle of Life Children's Center, the state's only freestanding palliative care program for seriously ill and dying children, yesterday opened its new home, Magnolia House, to expand its mission to help children and their families.

The center, which has worked with more than 600 New Jersey children since 2006, will continue its presence at University Hospital in Newark, but the new facility will allow the center to provide bereavement counseling and support services in a spacious and welcoming place away from the hospital.

Dr. Laurence E. Flint, president of the organization's board of trustees, called the opening of Magnolia House an enormous step forward for Circle of Life.

“Now we have a place we can call home and a place for our children and families to come together," he said.


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Children's Palliative Care Center Opens “Magnolia House" In Elizabeth

July 26, 2012 - NJToday.Net

ELIZABETH  Circle of Life Children's Center, which provides compassionate care to seriously ill and dying children and their families, has relocated from Newark to a more spacious home on monastery grounds in Elizabeth.

The center will continue its presence at University Hospital in Newark, but will be able to expand the services it provides to children and families at its new facility, called "Magnolia House," on the grounds of Saint Walburga's Monastery on North Broad Street in Elizabeth.

“We wanted a quiet place away from the hospital where we can establish support groups for our children, families and caregivers, and where people can feel at home," said Laurence E. Flint, MD, MS, MBA, FAAP,