Palliative Care

To help you live well—physically, emotionally, and spiritually

Palliative care focuses on improving a person’s quality of life throughout the course of serious illness or after a life-changing injury. Patients often receive palliative care along with other medical treatments.

Palliative care is a relatively new medical specialty that we recommend for patients to help achieve the highest quality of life possible. We work with all your doctors and providers to coordinate the best care.

Our palliative care team offers you the best health care professionals to help you manage your symptoms. The staff you may see include:

  • Case managers
  • Chaplains
  • Dietitians
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers
  • Therapists

Together, our team of professionals offers advice, specialized care, and long-term planning for you and your family.

Daily visits

Every day that you are a patient in the hospital, you will have visits from members of your team. This is time to talk about changes in your condition, your treatments, and your future care.

Outpatient visits

Outpatient visits are offered in the clinic either before or after discharge from the hospital.

Services and resources

We address you as a whole person: your physical comfort, confidence, emotional well-being, spirituality and dignity. Since your family is also involved in your illness, our palliative care team also supports them and helps them feel informed. 

Our palliative care services and resources include:

  • Pain management - Our palliative care physicians are specialists in managing pain and physical symptoms.
  • Care coordination - We help keep your primary care and specialty care physicians, therapists and other members of your care team informed.
  • Crisis prevention and management plans
  • Spiritual care - Our chaplaincy program supports the spiritual needs of patients and their families.
  • Social services - You may need practical help with forms and paperwork, choosing between options for care or places to live. You may want help with advance directives.
  • Complementary and alternative medicine practitioners - These include massage, Reiki and more
  • Vigil Companions - Specially trained volunteers are available for comfort and support during the last days or hours of someone’s life.