Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Zuharmmy Santamaria has experienced the full spectrum of hospice care. She witnessed the impact of hospice services on her grandparents and now offers quality care for children with serious illnesses. Her fellowship in pediatric neurology and a stint in a children’s cardiac ICU helped prepare her for her current role.

“The best—and most challenging—part of my job is providing emotional support and peace to families,” she says. “The demand for pediatric hospice and palliative care in our community is huge, especially in the home setting. Yet, it is the most rewarding area of service.”