Catie B. Circle of Care Program

Catie B familyThanks to the Catie B. Circle of Care program at Parkview Women’s & Children’s Hospital, professional navigators can help families and caregivers coordinate care for chronically or seriously ill or injured children.

Parkview is partnering with Catie B. Charities to pioneer this ground-breaking program in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. Our navigators received specialized training at Indiana University School of Social Work and guidance from an established Circle of Care program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis, Ind.

How do navigators help families and children?

Our patient navigators know that their patients have unique needs. They are experts at connecting people with resources and answering questions about what children may experience during and after a hospital stay. They also advocate, coordinate and find resources across many health and social service systems to help patients and families.

Why do families of children with special needs require additional help?

When children are in the hospital, many people will help them, including:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Rehabilitation therapists

Families with sick children are already overwhelmed. Then, they have to juggle doctor’s appointments, fill out paperwork and organized bills. Thanks to the Catie B. Circle of Care program, families now have one person – a navigator – who helps them during their hospital stay and beyond. Our goal is to help reduce families’ feelings of confusion, anger and helplessness.

How is Parkview able to provide this program?

The Catie B. Circle of Care program at Parkview Women’s and Children’s Hospital is made possible entirely through philanthropy. Donations to the Catie B. Circle of Care program are made directly through Parkview Foundation and directly pay for the program’s staff and resources. Your generosity will allow this program to continue supporting area families.

How did the Catie B. Charities begin?

Jason Baker, Fort Wayne native and former NFL player is the founder of Catie B. Charities. He knows first-hand how significant the need for support is for families with hospitalized children. His sister, Catie, was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 16. Over the course of eight surgeries and supplemental treatment, their parents had no one to help them navigate through the various specialists and hospitals. Their family was very overwhelmed and needed a program like this with a specially trained navigator to walk them through every step of the difficult process, advocating for them and Catie each step of the way.

Jason and Catie B. Charities have worked directly with the Indiana University School of Social Work and Riley Hospital for Children to establish a structure for training specialists and work with the families of hospitalized children. Bringing these resources to northeast Indiana allows Jason and his family to help their hometown community meet a need that they understand all too well. The Catie B. Circle of Care at Parkview will result in a broader scope of support and more enhanced care for the health and well-being of children and families at Parkview Women’s and Children’s Center and throughout the region.

Did you know?

  • Approximately 10.2 million children in the United States, ages 0 to 17 years, (13.9 percent) experience special healthcare needs, according to the most recent National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (2005-2006).
  • The average healthcare expense for a child with unique health care needs is approximately four to five times greater than for an average child.
  • Families of these children are often vulnerable to the system because there is no guidance and advocacy to negotiate for the resources and coordination required for the best care.

Donate to support the Catie B. Circle of Care program.