The OLS board selected Gilchrist Hospice Care, an affiliate of GBMC, as the beneficiary of Rally on the Rail, an annual event hosted by The Old Line Society at the Legacy Chase Steeplechase Races. To date, the Old Line Society has raised over $25,000 at Rally on the Rail for Gilchrist Kids, which was established in 2010 by Gilchrist to address the unmet need for a pediatric hospice provider.
Today, Gilchrist Kids is the largest dedicated pediatric hospice team in
Maryland, providing care for infants, children and young adults diagnosed with life limited illness or injury throughout central Maryland. Patients and their families are cared for by an exceptional interdisciplinary team comprised of physicians, nurse case managers, social workers, social workers, chaplains, child life specialists, hospice aides and volunteers.
The Gilchrist Kids Perinatal Program also serves parents who receive news that their unborn child has a potentially life-threatening or life limiting condition, Gilchrist Kids is there to “walk with” families during the remaining months of pregnancy. The team will help families celebrate the life of their baby, however long that may be. If the newborn is able to transition to home, even for a short time, the Gilchrist staff will provide needed support for both baby and family.
Community support for Gilchrist Kids is critical to ensuring a strong pediatric hospice program for children and families in our community. Gilchrist accepts all hospice patients, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Support at Rally on the Rail helped advance Gilchrist’s goal to support children with life limiting illnesses or conditions “live well” during their last months, weeks and days and to provide their loved ones with the support they need during their most difficult time.
Many thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support: