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 The Footprints team at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis

Footprints℠ team members.
full team list here.

Footprints℠ is committed to improving the quality of life for children living with complex medical illnesses and their families.

The care coordination offered by Footprints℠ addresses not only the physical needs of a child but the emotional, spiritual and psychosocial needs of the family as well. The team evaluates each child’s and family’s needs to identify difficult issues which may arise while caring for their children. The staff of the Footprints℠ program works with families prenatally (before birth), when children are inpatient at the hospital and as children are outpatients on an ongoing basis. Once a plan is outlined, resources are then coordinated to support the needs of both the child and family.

Our goal is to help families and children live well along their journey. We focus on comfort, advocacy and support


We realize that this can be a difficult time for parents and family members. While focusing on the comfort of the child, we offer a kind, gentle touch as we lead a child and family over a difficult path. No family needs to go through it alone.

Footprints℠ has grown out of years of experience in caring for and treating children with life-threatening illnesses. We’ve come to know that comfort can mean more than pain and symptom control. With other teams like Pastoral Care and Child Life, Footprints℠ takes special care to provide emotional and spiritual comfort as well as physical.


The Footprints℠ team works to be a voice for the child and family in the hospital and in the community while respecting the values and beliefs of the family.

Complex medical illness comes with complex decisions that are not often easy to make. Footprints℠ works with families to create Advanced Care Plans which outline a patient’s and family’s wishes and treatment goals.


Listening to families' concerns and wishes; facilitating communication with medical, nursing and supportive services to ensure family goals, concerns and wishes are honored are the primary support goals of the Footprints℠ team.

Footprints℠ also coordinates resources and care with the Social Services team to make sure you and your child feel supported every step of the way. Bereavement and other emotional support services are also available.


The Footprints℠ team can be reached 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday at 314-268-4110 or toll-free at 877-557-2847. Because the team is often out of the office visiting with patients and families, please leave a message if you don’t speak to someone in person.

After hours, please contact the Pastoral Care team at 314-268-2700, ext. 1168 or just 1168 from any hospital phone.

Meet the Team

The Footprints℠ team works with families on an ongoing basis to identify challenging issues which arise while caring for their children and to prepare a comprehensive, compassionate plan of care centered on the comfort of the child while respecting the values and beliefs of the family. Meet the Footprints℠ team!

Dr. Shermini Saini, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis

Dr. Shermini Saini

Dr. Dennis O'Connor, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis

Dr. Dennis O’Connor

Sr. Judy Carron, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis

Sr. Judith Carron, RSM, BSN
  Kerrie Conroy, RN
  Erin Donovan, RN, CPNP

Kathleen Keenoy, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis

Kathleen Keenoy, RN

Lisa Griebel, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center

Lisa Griebel

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