Dawn Bartock, MSN, CPNP, CPHON, a pediatric nurse practitioner, has joined Carolina Caring’s recently expanded Cardinal Kids Program, which provides palliative and hospice care to children and families who face the challenges of serious illness.
After receiving her nursing degree in 2002 at Johns Hopkins University, Bartock began caring for patients while completing a Master of Science in nursing in 2011, which allowed her to provide advanced practice nursing to infants, children and adolescents in children’s hospitals, including Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.
As a community-based Cardinal Kids health care provider, Bartock is focused on providing expert, individual pediatric care and working closely with the Cardinal Kids team to help each child, his or her physician and the child’s family manage the physical symptoms caused by their illness.
“Children are so resilient,” Bartock said. “I have always been passionate about helping them have the best possible quality of life if they are experiencing a serious illness.”
The Cardinal Kids Program is one of the few programs in North Carolina that focuses on the care of children. Its specialized health care teams include doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains who conduct regular visits — mostly in the home — for children of all ages whether their disease is curable, chronic or life-threatening.
The Cardinal Kids Program was made possible through a grant from the Duke Endowment in 2019 and serves a Burke County and seven other counties.
For information about the Cardinal Kids program, visit CarolinaCaring.org/cardinalkids.