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John D. Golenski

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John D. Golenski

Executive Director
George Mark Children's House
Expertise: 
health and well-being of children with life-limiting and terminal illness
respite and end-of-life care for terminally ill children
palliative care
health policy and delivery
consulting for health care reform projects

Biography

John Golenski is executive director of the George Mark Children's House, a children's respite and end-of-life care facility in San Leandro, Calif., for children with life-limiting or terminal illnesses. All care is informed by the principles of palliative care. Additional support services are available to all family members, and services are provided regardless of a family's ability to pay. Golenski joined the George Mark Children's House after a long career in clinical services, health care ethics and health policy. From 1978 to 1979, he was executive director of the Shanti Project. From 1980 to 1985, he served as chaplain and director of psychological services for the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's Hospital Oakland. In 1982, he founded PediatriCare, one of the first pediatric home care hospices in the United States. In 1986, he founded the Health Priorities Group, an interdisciplinary group advising community hospitals, university medical centers, hospital systems, armed services hospitals, medical groups, health plans and insurers, employer groups, large employers, every level of government in the United States and foreign insurers and governments in the areas of health care delivery and health policy. He has provided consultation to state health care reform projects in California, Arizona, Florida, New York, Kentucky, Rhode Island, and Utah. He has also worked with private insurers and government health programs in Italy, France, Belgium, Sweden, Russia, and Albania. Golenski received his bachelor's degree from Boston College in 1969 and his doctorate in human development from Harvard University in 1978. He also did post-doctoral studies in theology and ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif. He currently serves as a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of California.

2121 George Mark Lane
San Leandro  California  94578
United States
Office Phone: 
(510) 346-4624
Office Fax: 
(510) 346-4620

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