An Arizona Treasure

It is a place unlike any other, anywhere in Arizona. In fact, there is only one other place in the country that does similar work to The Board of Visitors Ryan House, a facility that provides care and support to children with life threatening conditions.

During last week’s American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) national conference in Phoenix, a number of attendees visited Ryan House to catch a glimpse of some of the great work going on there. The photos below are from that visit.

Ryan House embraces not only the children, but the families of children who have been diagnosed with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. On its website, Ryan House lists several ways in which this is done including:

  • Palliative and respite care that addresses the emotional, spiritual, and social needs of the family
  • Continuity of care from diagnosis to end-of-life
  • Expert care provided by our prestigious care partners and highly-trained staff
  • A loving community that offers ongoing support and compassion. did a story on Ryan House last year calling it “an Arizona Gem.”

In Arizona, children with life-limiting conditions and their families come to The Board of Visitors Ryan House, at the corner of First Avenue and Thomas Road in central Phoenix. The first of its kind in Arizona and one of two in the nation, Ryan House is more than a facility; it is an innovative concept at the forefront of pediatric palliative care.

As a concept, Ryan House represents the best in healthcare — care is coordinated, compassionate, patient-centered and provided across a continuum throughout the trajectory of the child’s condition.

It is also cost-effective. Families plan overnight stays at Ryan House, up to 28 days a year, instead of costly crisis visits to emergency rooms for respite and pain management. Like adult palliative care, pediatric palliative care lowers overall medical expenditures.

Click here or on the picture below to watch a short video on put together on Ryan House.


Ryan House is free for those who need its services. If you would like to read about some of the children whose lives have been touched by this innovative Arizona organization, click here.

Places like Ryan House make Arizona a special place to live. Let us know about other organizations doing work to improve the lives of the people of our state. We’d love to hear about it. Because these types of organizations not only make our state special, their incredible work takes us one step closer to our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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